"De Bezige Bij"
A dutch publishing-house


The publishing-house is founded in 1944 during World War II by resistance fighters from Amsterdam. One of the resistance men - called Geert Lubberhuizen - had code names like Bas Ruijs. 

One day Lubberhuizen left a note at an adress in Amsterdam. He signed the note with "Bas (busy)". A woman of the resistance group made of it: "Bas busy as a bee can be." That led to "The Busy Bee" and later - in the Dutch language - to "De Bezige Bij".

The Publishing house still exist. If you want a machine franking stamp. The adress is:

De Bezige Bij
Van Miereveldstraat 1
NL 1071 DW Amsterdam

by Jan de Crom  
taken from "The Postal Bee" 1/1998 
Contact Group Bee Philately

 

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