About Netherlands Antilles

This section is of the stamps released by the Netherlands Antilles which previously consisted of the islands Bonaire, Saba and Sint Eustatius (now part of the Netherlands Caribbean on WOPA) as well as Sint Maarten, Curaçao and Aruba which are presently manage their own philatelic offices/postal services as separate islands.

The first postage stamps of Curaçao (the name was used for the six islands collectively when the areas were named Curaçao and Dependencies and Territory of Curaçao) were issued 23 May 1873; and were inscribed “CURAÇAO", as were all issues for the next 77 years.

The in 1950 the first regular issue for the "Netherlands Antilles" was released as the name of the colony officially changed in 1949. The name change also entailed new definitive stamps, which began appearing in 1950, using the same design as issued for the Netherlands the previous year, but inscribed "NED. ANTILLEN" In 2010, the Netherland Antilles stopped issuing stamps collectively and the various islands assumed control of their own stamp either collectively or as individual islands.