Netherlands: Willem Arntsz

The Willem Arntsz Stichting W.A.S. (foundation) was founded in 1461 by the noble Willern Arntz. 

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At the end of the Middle Ages all over Europe people in the cities were becoming interested on behalf of insane men. For the Dutch city Utrecht Willem Arntsz made a donation to help people with a mental illness.

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On the red meters respectivily the Willem Arntsz House in Utrecht, with a comparible annex in Den Dolder near Utrecht and the central administration of the Foundation in Utrecht. 

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All red meters have the seal with 10 bees of the Arntsz family.

by Jan de Crom  
taken from "The Postal Bee" 3/2004 
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