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Something new !

For the production of our magazine 'De Sleutelpist' ('The Key Post') I used Microsoft Publisher 2.0.

At number 138 I switched over to Microsoft Publisher 97.
That program offered the possibility to publish Publisher files directly on the internet as a webpage.

I used this in the middle of 1999 to start our 'own' website, as the 3rd stamp club in the Netherlands to do so.
Few (board) members  understood the advantage of this back then.

And nowadays?
I still live without Twitter, rarely use a cell phone and I visit only occasionally Facebook
Old fashioned, eh?
But the current board members still don't get it! Just look under 'Links' on the site.

The first !
Would you like to see what the first website of the LVVPV looked like on the 26th of September 1999? If so, click here.

... from 1999 up to and including 2014 ...
After this the website was developed further.
Particularly after the introduction of the personal stamp the website played an important part in sales.

The PDF-files of the club magazine 'de Sleutelpost' ('the Keypost') were also given a prominent place. Slowly working back to 2007, so all can be seen in full colour from edition 169 on.


The Final One !

After 2014 I handed over the website - developed in 16 years. Here you can still visit that last complete website.

 (The references on the site are updated)


The current website of the 'Leidsche vereeniging van postzegelverzamelaars' (Leiden union of philatelists) is listed under 'Links'.


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As webmaster

After the summer of 1999 and the laying to bed of 'de Sleutelpost' (The Key Post) number 138 it was time for something new: to give the LVVPV its own website. See the column on the right.


I had plenty of energy thanks to our holiday trip towards the North Cape.

Above the Arctic Circle the landscape is barren, but vast.Above the Arctic Circle the landscape is barren, but vast.  The closer to the Arctic Circle, the longer the sun shines, even at 2 o'clock at night.The closer to the Arctic Circle, the longer the sun shines, even at 2 o'clock at night. 

We broke off our journey after Kiruna so we could drive back into Sweden via Narvik and the Junkerdal in Norway. Via Arvidsjaur and Storuman we headed south.

We wanted to experience the solar eclipse there in South-Germany.


The previously visited camping site 'Lauberg' in Römerstein Böhringen west of Ulm was an excellent place to do so.
This camping site lies exactly in the path of the total eclipse.


Even though that day - August the 11th 1999 - it was rather clouded (see pictures) we feel that we have really, truly experienced the solar eclipse.

The shadow of the moon on Northwestern Europe.The shadow of the moon on Northwestern Europe.






A unique experience that made our round trip of over 12.000 km more than worth it.




A few reactions:


Marcel Akkermans:
What really got me is the speed with which it darkens, especially in the last minutes before the totality. Not so much the sky as the surroundings, the landscape and the horizon, quickly become grey and darker. It is as if you see and feel the energy around you drain away. Something I did not expect was the extreme blackness of the moon, as if it radiated 'black light'.

Hans Prinse (at the nearing of the totality): 'In the West a wall of blackness surges over the low hills, devours them and rages as a thunderstorm towards us, massive, sinister.'

Text: Mat Drummen. Source: Zenit July/August 1999.


This little stamp sheet from Alderney gives a good idea of the various stages of a solar eclipse.This little stamp sheet from Alderney gives a good idea of the various stages of a solar eclipse.












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