Complete stamp series of the Beautiful Netherlands fortified cities. Old city maps were used to design the stamps. The Hulst stamp is based on a city map from 1645, while Willemstad is based on a map from 1740. These historic images show how the construction of city walls, corner towers and city gates turned the towns into well-protected fortresses. The graphic background of the stamp is inspired by the symbols cartographers at that time used to indicate the character of the surrounding area, such as arable land, swamp, water, meadows, polders and orchards. The colors of the stamps are based on the dutch flag. The font used is the Trio Grotesk which based on the work of legendary dutch designer Piet Zwart.
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