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Charleroi, Belgium, 1957. Photographed by Leonard Freed.

Charleroi, Belgium, 1957. Photographed by Leonard Freed.

Vintage trains and trams in Belgium: A look back on the Belgian…

Vintage trains and trams in Belgium: A look back on the Belgian traffic system in the 1970s.

This African girl was exhibited in a human zoo…

This African girl was exhibited in a human zoo in Brussels, Belgium, in 1958.

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27 rare dufaycolor pics that document everyday life of Belgium…

27 rare dufaycolor pics that document everyday life of Belgium in the mid-1930s.

How Did Church Bell Ringing Become An Art?

Bells have been used in Europe since the early middle ages to call people to church services, mark the hours of the day, and sometimes convey signals or warnings. However “musical” bell ringing did not really begin until the 1500s or 1600s.

The first carillon, the array of bells housed in the tower of a church, was created in Flanders, Belgium, in the 1500s. It was slowly refined over decades until it became a huge musical instrument that just happened to be housed in a giant tower. Each bell could be run precisely as the ringer wished, using a system of levers and pedals. The new musical instrument proved popular, and carillons and their beautiful sound slowly spread across Europe.

Child in toy car, Belgium, 1950s.

Child in toy car, Belgium, 1950s.

A soldier stood in the ruins of Ypres, Belgium…

A soldier stood in the ruins of Ypres, Belgium. Sometime during WW1.

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A holiday in Belgium, 1936.

A holiday in Belgium, 1936.

German field bakery near Ypres, Belgium, 1914

German field bakery near Ypres, Belgium, 1914

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Belgium’s HumanZoo 1958

Belgium’s HumanZoo 1958

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