The Netherlands made a deal when the euro was introduced that they could continue to use the guilder stamps for 10 years, and that is now coming to an end.
As of November 1st, 2013, the old guilder stamps from The Netherlands will no longer be valid and it seems I've been getting a few more interesting stamps lately as a result of this as people get rid of their old stamps. For Sunday Stamps, I'm showing the above set sent from Paul "from below sea level" in Groningen as it has a handwritten note of the values in guilders and euros!
1999 - The International Year of Elderly People
These stamps show that elderly people can still look very good and can still be very active. To avoid a stately portrait I photographed the persons in profile, while they ‘walk’ out of the stamp, and look at you. The grey stripes change in colourful background patterns once the portraits appear.
[artist's description, from a website I can not find again....]
These next two are from 1991 for Child Care. I couldn't find a description for them which is a shame as I'd like to know the backstory behind these designs. The little girl with the robot doesn't look terribly happy, but maybe she is just pensive. Maybe they are exchanging toys and she is going to be stuck with the Barbie doll. I'd have been a little sad, too. In the second one, the boy seems to be blindfolded and the girl is excitedly whispering something to him. I'm wondering about that disembodied arm....