Pair of KLM Bols Blue Delft’s Dutch Houses No 32
These collectible vintage KLM houses are replicas of old Dutch houses situated along the canals in Amsterdam and other age-old towns in Holland. These ceramic houses are presented to travelers on board KLM flights in Business Class
They are both No 32 brouwerij De Handtbooch (brewery The Longbow) address Koornmarkt 81 town Delft year 1967.
In excellent condition with no chips or cracks. One has a cork stopper and one does not. Each stands 4” tall.
A brief history:
The KLM houses are presents to travelers a board KLM flights in Business and Royal Class. They have been presented over a long period and thus have become collector items. There are 96 different types which are numbered 1 - 96.
There is Dutch Genever, 35% alcohol, in the houses, which are in fact bottles with a cork and seal on top. Sometimes the genever has been drunk but mostly the empty bottles were empty all along. On flights to some countries with alcohol restrictions empty houses are presented. On some of the houses a sticker explains this by referring to customs regulations. (Empty due to custom regulations on this flight) Sometimes there is a cork and seal and sometimes there isn't (and never was) on the empty bottles.
KLM started issuing these miniature bottles in 1952. Air companies were not allowed to give presents to their customers because of unfair competition. So, KLM had some Blue Delft houses made, and filled them with genever. Then, of course, their competitors complained "KLM is giving presents to their customers". The KLM said "May we decide how we serve our drinks? Is their a law which tells me drinks have to be served in a glass?"... and so it all started.
The KLM was founded 7th of October in 1919. In 1993 there were 60 different houses issued. In 1994, when the KLM celebrated its 75 anniversary, they issued a total of 15 miniatures, bringing the total to 75! so that the number of houses would be the same as the age of the KLM, in fact house #75 is the former KLM head office. Then every year on the 7th of October a new house will be issued. In the year 2015 the newest house is 96 because of 96rd birthday from KLM.
The Delft Blue KLM houses were made by Koninklijke Goedewaagen. Goedewaagen was first located in Gouda, but moved to Nieuw Buinen (Drente) in 1984.
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