75th Anniversary of the Universal Postal Union
The "Ned. Antillen" inscription first replaced "Curacao" in 1949 on the issue
commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Universal Postal Union.
Although Curacao is only one of the islands in the Netherlands Antilles, stamps inscribed with its name were used throughout the Dutch colonies in the Caribbean from 1873-1949. After 1949 the stamps were more accurately inscribed "Ned. Antillen" or "Nederlandse Antillen" reflecting their use on Dutch St. Martin, St. Eustatius, Saba, Bonaire and Aruba in addition to Curacao. The first regular issue bearing the new inscription was the issue commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the U.P.U. This issue depicts post horns entwined on a globe.
"Netherlands Antilles." Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue. 1997.
Rossiter, Stuart and John Flower. The Stamp Atlas. London: Macdonald and Co., 1986.
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