stamp printers by country
postage stamp issued: 1852.
N. V. Grafische Inrichting
Johann Enschede en Zonen, Haarlam.
Printer Izaak Enschede (1681-1761) founded the company on
21 June 1703 upon registering with the Printers Guild in Haarlem, making it one
of the oldest printing houses in Europe.
Izaak Enschede 1703 - 1743
Izaak & Johannes Enschede 1743 - 1761
Johannes Enschede 1761 - 1777
Joh. Enschede en Zonen 1777 - 1932
Joh. Enschede en Zonen NV 1932 - 1972
Joh. Enschede en Zonen BV 1972 - 1992
Joh. Enschede [Holding] 1992 - 2003
(Royal) Joh. Enschede 2003
Its first banknote appeared in 1814 and continues to print the latest Euro notes for five countries.
Stamps depicting King William III were added to their
portfolio in 1866 and, again, they continue to print this product for many
countries, albeit that it takes second place to banknote production.
Enschede apparently maintains a very large collection of
stamps that it has printed, as one might expect, but perhaps surprisingly it
also maintains full sheets from competitors as a means of keeping-up with
The British Connection
Enschede started printing the 8p definitive stamps for Great
Britain in 1979 as an emergency measure at a time when British industrial
relations were at a low and strikes were a real threat to continuity of
supplies. It is known that other stamp values could have been temporarily transferred
to The Netherlands if circumstances had demanded.
The relationship continues with Royal Mail.
Current Stamp Production
Enschede currently produces stamps for over sixty countries
but in 2001 it was dealt a severe blow when it lost the Dutch Post Office
three-year contract to print most of The Netherland's stamps and products to
Walsall Security Printers of the United Kingdom. A Post Office spokesman at the
time stated that the main reason for transferring production was a "combination
of production price, logistic costs and printing quality."