The Plantinga company had a lot of dealings with a hotel called De Gouden Engel (The Golden Angel), Tukseweg 1-3 in Steenwijk. It was built in 1881 and got torn down in October 2008. The manager, Mr Osse, is the person referred to in the below receipts.
This is the oldest receipt mentioning "Beerenburg", as well as "Cognac". In this case "Cognac B" (at f 2,50 per litre). This might be short for "Cognac Blauw", and might refer to the kind of Cognac made by Plantinga themselves, later renamed to Plantiac.
The phone number has in the mean time changed from 41 to 254.
From 1818 until the adoption of the Euro in 2002, Dutch currency was the Dutch "Guilder" (in Dutch "Gulden"), which was usually abbreviated to "f"/"fl" or "Hfl" (for "florijn" or "Hollandse Florijn" respectively), the old name of the Guilder (it used to be called "Gulden Florijn").
The first year of World War II. New stationery with pre-printed "194" as opposed to the "193" of the previous decade. Phone number is still the same, but now with "K" (kengetal, i.e. area code) 5157. At that time without the first "0" (these days Bolsward is 0515). "Anno 1870" has been added under the larger printed Plantinga name.
Entirely different stationery with a different font, and only "19" pre-printed for the year field. Maybe it was older and was now being reused. Phone and bank details are still the same. This type of stationery was used briefly, as the company went back to the previous type soon.
Different stationery again, with the six-double-striped of older layouts now replaced by fewer. "Cognac" and "Beerenburg" are now pre-printed on the paper - they were possibly the best selling products at the time.
It is notable that the letterhead still mentions "Plantinga & Zoon N.V.", whereas the company had changed into a "C.V." on 20 September 1941.That was over half a year before the date on this invoice.
N.V. stands for Naamloze Vennootschap, sort of like a "Joint-stock company"; "C.V." means Commanditaire Vennootschap, sort of like "limited partnership".
There may have been shortages during the war years, so that old stationery like this one needed to be used again?
Almost six years after the company changing from N.V. into C.V., the stationery now reflects this properly.
A new design heralds the arrival of 1952. The phone numbers now also have two "b.g.g." ("bij geen gehoord", i.e. when noone answers).
Do note that, except for "Cognac A" and "Cognac B" that could be seen on older invoices, we now also have "Cognac C".
Here they suddenly mention "zacht en belegen" (smooth and vintage) Cognac. Plantiac? It is more more expensive than the "Cognac B" from 1952 and later this year.
The bank account has changed, however this is now indicated with a stamp and not yet with new stationery. The number is now pre-fixed with "80" and has become 803579.
New stationery shows that the L. Dijkstra vintner is Leeuwarden has been purchased (which had already happened on 1 May 1955). The city of Leeuwarden is now also mentioned in communication and promotion.
The phone number is now pre-fixed with a zero, which initially meant "I want to call direct, not using a switchboard operator" (more and more of these operators were replaced by machinery).
Due to a change in the amount of phone numbers needed within Bolsward, the phone numbers are now 05157-2254 (previously 254), with the "when no reply" alternative changing to 05157-2429 (previously 429).
These changes are indicated with a stamp.
On 14 May 1971, the new location at the Stoombootkade was opened. This lead to a new letterhead address, although the phone numbers didn't change. A post office box was registered as well.
Met dank aan Peter Mulder en Bastiaan Plantinga voor een aantal van de scans.