Evening along the Sloterplas, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1964. Photographed by Leonard Freed.
Medical shop, Netherlands, 1964. Photographed by Leonard Freed.
Winter kiss under the street light, Amsterdam, 1950s. Photographed by Kees Scherer.
Belgian refugees of the 1st world war at dinner in one the many refugee camps spread across the Netherlands. Amsterdam, 1914.
Graves of a Catholic woman and her Protestant husband, who were not allowed to be buried together. Het Oude Kerkhof, Roermond, the Netherlands, 1888
Winter scene in Amsterdam, 1964.
Children’s playground, Scheveningse,
1957. Photographed by Kees van Wijk.
Man at the beach fined for not wearing decent clothes. Netherlands, 1931
If you have lived in the Netherlands for a certain amount of time, you may find yourself exhibiting some strange new habits. Be warned: You are becoming Dutch!
- You’re not German
- You’re not English
- You’re not French
- You understand those languages but nobody understands yours.
- You let your dog shit in the middle of the sidewalk.
- Laughing when someone else steps in dogshit
- Complaining about stepping in dog shit.
- You have in-depth knowledge of bizarre sextoys.
- Political leaders can admit to smoking pot and nobody will notice.
- Football captain not afraid to cry live on TV.
- You have the largest open-air urinals in the world.
- You have the right to terrorize tourists on your bicycle.
- You can always get a job as a circus performer by riding a bicycle while holding an umbrella to keep you, your cigarette and your groceries dry, as you drive your children through busy streets ignoring all traffic signals and expecting everyone to get out of your way.
- You get to read incomprehensible subtitles on every film on TV.
- You can be gay and nobody cares.
- You can have the same government for ever even though you have regular elections.
- You can imagine you are a world power.
- Only country to successfully invade the US and buy its largest city.
Luilak Day, Amsterdam, May 22, 1947.