March 19, 2017

2989 NETHERLANDS (Aruba) - Charlie's Bar in San Nicolaas

Located at 19km southeast of Oranjestad and known as the island's Sunrise Side, San Nicolaas is Aruba's second largest city, with a population of 18,126. It was named after Nicolas van der Biest (1808-1873), who owned a big piece of the land there. Landowners were then addressed by their subordinates by their first names preceded by 'Shon' meaning 'master'. So he was called 'Shon Nicolas', as was the area. It is thought that the change from Shon Nicolas to San Nicolaas was due to the influence of Spanish.

Charlie's Bar, in operation since 1941, once had a colorful reputation as a hangout for rowdy sailors and oil refinery workers. The establishment is known for its variety of bric-à-brac. Pictures, business cards and license plates grace the walls of the bar while the hundreds of items hanging from the ceiling include hats, frisbees, an inner tube, a life jacket and even shirts from the Boston Braves and Brooklyn Dodgers. The menu boasts surf ‘n turf, churrasco, tenderloin, burgers, fresh Caribbean catch, steamed shrimp and sautéed scampi as well as burgers, soups and appetizers.

About the stamp
The stamp is part of the series Marine Life - Fish, issued on February 29, 2016:
Holacanthus tricolor (0.90 AWG)
Thalassoma bifasciatum (1.30 AWG)
Stegastes diencaeus (2.05 AWG) - It's on the postcard 2989
Acanthurus coeruleus (2.20 AWG)
Myripristis jacobus (3.20 AWG)

San Nicolaas - Wikipedia
Charlie's Bar -

Sender: Denise
Sent from Oranjestad (Aruba), on 24.02.2017 

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