Snakes are carnivorous reptiles. The skeleton of most snakes consists solely of the skull with a solid and complete braincase. The skin of a snake is covered in scales. Moulting occurs periodically throughout a snake's life. Snakes use smell to track their prey. Cobras and vipers use venom to immobilize or kill their prey. All snakes are strictly carnivorous, eating small animals including lizards, other snakes, small mammals, birds, eggs, fish, snails or insects. In some cultures snakes are a delicacy, prized for the alleged pharmaceutical effect of being beneficial for the heart.
The various forms of art have played a very important part in the history of mankind. Britannica Online defines art as “the use of skill and imagination in the creation of aesthetic objects, environments or experiences that can be shared with others”. Thus, works of art have existed for thousands of years, since man first learned to use his hands to make things. The development of the numerous different branches of what we consider to be art, among them film, music, literature, sculpture, photography and painting, has been incredible. Over the centuries, people have been fascinated by the creation of art in all its forms and the importance of art in our lives can not be overestimated.
Antique objects are collected by millions of people worldwide and many people possess an object that belongs to a bygone age. Some objects of art are extremely rare or collectible and can be worth many millions of pounds.
Many stamp collectors and postal history collectors collect cancellations in addition to the stamps themselves. A cancellation is a mark applied on a postage stamp or postal stationery to deface the stamp and prevent its re-use. Cancellations come in a huge variety of designs, shapes, sizes and colours. The terms "postal marking" and "cancellation" are used to refer specifically to the part that contains the date and posting location. The portion of a cancellation that is designed to deface the stamp and does not contain writing is also called the "obliteration" or “killer”. Some stamps are issued pre-cancelled with a printed or stamped cancellation. Cancellations can affect the value of stamps to collectors, positively or negatively. After the first adhesive postage stamp, the Penny Black, was issued in 1840 by Great Britain, the postal authorities realized they needed to find a method for preventing reuse of the stamps and thus issued hand stamps to apply cancellations to stamps on envelopes as they passed through the postal system. In other countries, and where hand stamps were not available, stamps often were cancelled by marking over the stamp with a pen. Pen cancellations were used in the United States into the 1880s, and even today, if a postal clerk notices a stamp has escaped cancellation he marks it with a pen or marker. High speed cancellation machines were first used in Boston, U.S.A. between 1880–1890.
Welcome to our shop in Haarlem. Our hostess will welcome you with a cup of coffee. The opening hours are Wednesday to Saturday 10 -17h.
Haarlem is our headquarters. It is where owner Rob Smit began selling stamps in 1983. Over the years PostBeeld has expanded to include two adjacent buildings and now this is, with over 200m2, our largest store. Our headoffice is also situated in Haarlem. Here our websites are maintained and part orders from other locations merged into one and sent to our customers. The shop is located at 17 Kloosterstraat. A large public car park (Cronje) is a short walk from the store. Haarlem railway station can be reached on foot in 10 minutes. Our headoffice is located at Emrikweg 26B.
Welcome to our shop in Leiden, where Jaap is your host. The shop is open from Wednesday to Saturday (inclusive), from 10.00 to 17.00 (other days by appointment only).
De Leidse Postzegelhandel is one of the oldest stamp shops in The Netherlands, in business since 1941,and situated in Vrouwensteeg 3 in the heart of the old centre of Leiden. In October 2014 ownership transferred to PostBeeld, thus becoming the third PostBeeld store. The shop will continue to operate under the old name we respect so much with the addition of PostBeeld in the title to become “PostBeeld, de Leidse Postzegelhandel”. Vrouwensteeg is a street off the Haarlemmerstraat.
In this shop you can find albums, storage systems, catalogues etc. Both new and second hand. There is always a good stock of stamp books, with prices from a few euros to those worth hundreds. These books can be viewed only in our store. Unlike the rest of PostBeeld’s stock, they are not available to view via the internet. The shop also has a fine stock of coins and banknotes.
Behind the scenes we work with great care to process your order. At our Haarlem headquarters there is a lot of activity. About 25 people work here on two locations dealing with customer orders and administration.
Although our stock is held at around ten different locations in Europe, the Haarlem shop holds the greatest part of PostBeeld's stock and the purchasing department is also based here. If parts of an order are located elsewhere, everything is gathered together in our Haarlem office before being despatched to the customer.
Our translators and customer service department staff are also based in Haarlem. In the photograph above orders are picked from our stock. Below are some behind-the-scenes PostBeeld photos.
Processing a purchased collection.
Processing new issues for subscribers in our online store.
Checking that all partial orders are present is done via barcodes. They are then combined and shipped to the customer.
Here work is carried out on the website, translation and administration.