Still busy putting my royal collection in order. After temporarily having put postcards and royal mail in a few boxes, I decided to have another look at the huge pile of scrapbooks from the past 40 years. I also had several scrapbooks from the 1960s and 1970s, originally created by others. As I run out of space and never look at them, I decided to throw them away.
I of course couldn’t do that until I had another look at them. Lots of newspaper articles, magazine pictures, but also much more postcards than I had expected. I took out everything I wanted to keep, which apart from postcards, was one First day of issue cover and a few thank you notes from royals. One of them was even signed personally by Pieter van Vollenhoven, the husband of Princess Margriet of the Netherlands. Some were luckily placed in the albums with photo corners, others unfortunately with glue or tape. Nevertheless I managed to save almost all cards without damaging them too much.
I was quite happy also to find the cards back that my mother received in 1956 after she had congratulated the Dutch Princesses Irene, Margriet and Marijke (later Christina). At the time the princesses made their own signed drawings that were printed on postcards, and were even dated. Interesting to notice that on the back it says postage free. The royals apparently didn’t have to use stamps.