The first records of the kind of activity we know today as banking can be traced back to around 2000 BC in Assyria and Babylonia, where merchants made loans to farmers and traders who transported goods between cities. Deposits initially consisted of grain and later other goods including livestock, farming tools and then precious metals such as gold. Temples and palaces were thought to be the safest places to store gold as they were constantly guarded and well built. As temples were considered to be sacred places, they presented an extra deterrent to possible thieves. In the ancient Greek and Roman Empires, lenders based in temples made loans but also began to accept deposits and change money. Around this time, there is also evidence of the development of money-lending in China and India. The development of banking in the modern sense of the word can be traced back to medieval Italy and later spread through Europe. During the last century, the rapid development in telecommunication and computing systems resulted in major changes in the way banks operated and allowed them to greatly increase in size and geographic spread. In recent years, there has been a significant number of bank failures, including some of the world's largest banks, and much debate about bank regulation.
Illustrations for children's books play an important part in the development of the young reader's imagination and word association when learning to read.
Embossing was the first method used to create a three-dimension effect as long ago as 1847, when Great Britain introduced a stamp featuring the profile of Queen Victoria’s head.
Latter day technology gave countries the possibility of issuing stamps with a true three-dimensional look. Sierra Leone, Bhutan and Tonga were among the first to introduce “real” 3-D stamps in the 1960s. Today, with ever more advanced technology, more countries are producing stamps with amazing effects that can be attractive to collectors.
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.