Saku postal

Vanessa Abad received this mailbag as a gift from a former colleague who had kept the bag at home in the basement for a long time. The object tells the story of the ‘status aparte’ that Aruba obtained in 1986. That changed the relationship between Curaçao and Aruba.

“On this mail bag you can clearly see the six stars representing the islands of the former Netherlands Antilles. When Aruba obtained its ‘status aparte’ in 1986 this meant among other things that the flag of the Netherlands Antilles had to be modified into one with five stars symbolizing Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten. All objects featuring six stars had to be taken out of circulation. This was also the case for these mail bags.”

“When Aruba withdrew from the Netherlands Antilles I was five years old and too young to really understand what this meant. I do remember the feeling I had. I thought it was a pity… a pity that a star was removed. A pity that Aruba didn’t belong to ‘us’ anymore.”

“All objects featuring six stars had to be taken out of circulation.”