Bridge Stamp from Holland
In the eighteenth century the Netherlands cut themselves off from the monopoly of the house of Thurn and Taxis. A new post infrastructure was established under the control of the United States of the Netherlands. It's clear that this set-up looked like the English system.
In a degree of 12 April 1850, the forthcoming introduction of the postage stamp was introduced. At first plans were made to introduce the stamps on 1 January 1851 but in December 1850 it was decided to postpone the introduction to 1852.
The Belgian engraver Jacques Wiener was approached to make the dies. He had spent some time in England to study the process at Perkins, Bacon & Co.
The first issue shows the face of King William III. At the top the words "post zegel" were added. In the left bottom corner the numeral and in the right bottom corner "c" (cent) were drawn.
Three stamps were issued:
5 c blue
10 c red
15 c orange
The paper contained a watermark: post horn.
Below is the actual picture commemorating the Bridge Olympiad.