Another week gone and not enough time for stamps! How bad can it get? I'll try and mend my ways!

When Prince Hendrick, Queen Wilhelmina's husband, died in 1934, the Queen went into white mourning, which was quite unusual. It was said that white was a symbol for her hope that her husband had progressed to a new and better life. Rumour has it that Hendrick was not really a model of virtue, so she did well to hope for that!

In 1936, new definitives were issued in CuraƧao and Surinam, portraying the Queen in her white mourning. They are beautiful, recess-printed stamps, designed by Fokko Mees. Shown here is a surcharged version of the 10c, issued in 1947, the final appearance of the design.