HUGO VAN DER MOLEN'S
Historic Papers site
a collection of historic invoices and letters
een verzameling historische rekeningen en brieven

Hermes / Mercurius / Mercury
(update July 15th 2011)

Dr. Hugo H. van der Molen - Wederikweg 114 - 9753 AE Haren, The Netherlands
Tel: +31 (0)50 534 8795; Fax: +31 (0)50 534 0852; email: hugo@hugovandermolen.nl


Ordering information / Bestelinformatie

Belgium / België
Georges Vanpyperzeele, Mons, Belgium
Denrées Coloniales en Gros (groothandel in koloniale waarden)
Confiseries & Distillerie "La Nervienne" (suikerwaren en destilleerderij)
Dépositaire pour la Belgique des Marques Astrid Apératif, Astrid Oporto, Genièvre Ancien Belge
Consessionnaire de Eaux Minérales Spa Monopole & Cidre Clairette
Nota 1948; Beautiful multicolour decoratative invoice with grapes and grape leaves and 2 pictures (2 by 6 cm) of a bottle of  Astrid Apératif and of Genièvre Ancien Belge, EF, unfolded, 95 Euro.
The bottle of  Genièvre Ancien Belge shows a picture of  "Le Nervien", a picture also given in pink and size 4 by 4 cm in the letter head; This picture is a mixture of a fierce ancient Nervian male with big moustache and the classical god Hermes (L: Mercurius; Engl: Mercury) typically depicted with his winged helmet.
The Nervians (NL: Nerviërs) were a German population in Gallia Belgica (now Belgium), in 57 A.D. conquored by the Roman general Julius Caesar (ENSIE, 1951, p. 916).


Italy
Pietro Saletti & C.
Produzione di Ferri da taglio, Officina Meccanica, Torino (NL: Turijn), Italy, letter from 1920, 7 by 6 cm picture of god of the trade Mercury (Gr.: Hermes; Latin: Mercurius), waving his staff (Caduceus). He is depicted naked, but his private parts were decently omitted, a practise which was also quite common in ancient Rome. price 50 Euro.


The Netherlands / NederlandBekker Bloemenmagazijn
Wagenweg 78, Haarlem, nota uit 1946, met afbeelding van een gestileerde bloem, het Fleurop logo en het FTD logo (Hermes = Mercurius, god van de handel), afm. ca. 14 x 20 cm., licht bruin papier, prijs € 50.


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