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Dutch Bridges – silent symbols of war period

Dutch Bridges – silent symbols of war period
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StampNews.com hurries to inform that Dutch Post has released a series of stamps depicting the wide variety of post-war bridges. The issue consists of ten stamps that were put into circulation on the 30th of March.

Their important function in traffic and special designs were reason enough to depict these ten bridges on stamps. Ten relatively unknown new bridges were selected in collaboration with the Netherlands Foundation for Bridges. The bridges that made the selection are the HSL Bridge (in Moerdijk), the Ehzer Bridge (in Almen), the Kolenhaven Bridge (in Delft), the Tui Bridge (in Heusden), the Jan Waaijer Bridge (in Zoetermeer), De Oversteek (in Nijmegen), the Zeeland Bridge (in the Oosterschelde), the Hanzeboog (in Zwolle), the Zouthaven Bridge and the Nescio Bridge (both in Amsterdam).

Seven of the ten bridges are also mentioned in the book 'De Nederlandse brug, 40 markante voorbeelden'.

Building bridges

For designers Hans and Sabine Bockting, visualising the bridges on stamps in a recognisable way was a challenge. "For each bridge, we zoomed out the details so that you can clearly see everything the bridge actually spans.

That also includes water or land and where possible, horizons", Sabine Bockting Reinhardt says. "Furthermore, we have created a balanced image with the position and cut out of the picture. And finally, we wanted to build bridges between the various stamps, by for example connecting the white pieces of each stamp", Hans Bockting adds.

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