The mutual: strong together

Not mentioned in the story about saving money, but very typical for The Enlightenment, is the mutual (in Dutch "de onderlinge", in German "die Genossenschaft", in French "mutual"). A mutual is an interest group, which founds and manages cash savings. 

A nice example is the cash savings for railway staff, Karlsruhe, Germany.

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The recent stamp Luxemburg May 17, 1999 (with real honeycomb in the background !) is issued because of 75 years National Association of Mutuals.

It shows, that the mutuals have to cooperate to make a bold stand against the competition of the commercial concerns.

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by Jan de Crom  
taken from "The Postal Bee" 3/1999 
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