10 June 2014

Photos from the Nationaal Archief

Three schoolgirls, satchels on their back, peeking through a window somewhere in Elten. The Netherlands, 1959.

Dutch people celebrating their holidays in a German bunker in the dunes, two years after the Second World War.

Man at the beach fined for not wearing decent clothes. Netherlands, Heemskerk, 1931.

Land sailing: sand yacht of Emanuel Urlus on the beach between Noordwijk and Katwijk (the Netherlands), 1917.

The Dutch queen Wilhelmina and princess Juliana as snowmen. The Netherlands, 21 January, 1913.

Selections from the Nationaal Archief's photostream at Flickr, which also includes for some reason a large set of photos about Japanese culture.

Larger versions of the photos are available at the individual links.

Reposted from 2009 for "Dutch Treat Day" 2014.


  1. "In August 2009 it was 400 years ago the first trade pact was made between The Netherlands and Japan. That was the beginning of exclusive trade relations that were to last over two centuries (1641 – 1855).

    The centuries-old relations between the two countries have left their traces in the collections of the Nationaal Archief (National Archives) and the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (Royal / National Library). Top pieces on the subject are now on exhibit. The Koninklijke Huisarchief (Archive of the Royal Family) loaned some notable documents.

    On occasion of this exhibition Spaarnestad Photo and the Nationaal Archief have made a selection of pictures on the topic of Japan."

  2. I just finished reading The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, which is a Mitchell novel about Deijima Japan. Interesting.

    1. I quite agree -


      I should have reposted that today.

  3. It looks like those people in the German bunker were using it as a kind of beach house. If done up right, it could be very nice, especially if the interior was somewhat cooler then outside at night.

  4. We forget the history the Dutch had with the Japanese, but there are reminders of it throughout Japanese culture. There is the tale told about the blonde-haired, blue-eyed men that take away Japanese children who misbehave, for example. And the Japanese I met, who had never heard the phrase "going Dutch," took it to be related to a phrase that I had never heard but which is well known to the Japanese: "Dutch wife." (We'd call it a blow-up doll.)

  5. The dude getting fined for wearing what amounts to modern-day female swim trunks and a sports bra amuses me greatly.


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