Historical Amsterdam Pre 1950s
Writing a book set in the Netherlands, 1940.
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1934. Police and Marechaussee in the Willemstraat in the Jordaan neighborhood of Amsterdam to suppress a revolt of primarily unemployed residents. Due to growing unemployment during the Great Depression more and more people were dependent on welfare benefits. When welfare benefits were reduced by 10% riots broke out in the Jordaan and other parts of the city. Photo Stadsarchief Amsterdam / Vereenigde Fotobureaux N.V. #amsterdam #1934 #Jordaan
1940. Flea market at the Waterlooplein in Amsterdam. The Waterlooplein is a square in the center of Amsterdam, near the river Amstel. It was created in 1882 when the Leprozengracht and Houtgracht canals were filled in. In 1893 the square became a daily marketplace when the city government decided that the Jewish merchants in the nearby Jodenbreestraat and Sint Antoniebreestraat had to move their stalls to the Waterlooplein. Photo Spaarnestad / Henk Valks. #amsterdam #1940 #waterlooplein
1940. The south facade of the Oude Kerk at the Oudekerksplein, with the south portal, seen from the Oudezijds Voorburgwal. The 800-year-old Oude Kerk is Amsterdam’s oldest building and oldest parish church, founded ca. 1213 and consecrated in 1306 by the bishop of Utrecht with Saint Nicolas as its patron saint. The church is located at the Oudekerksplein. Photo SERC. #amsterdam #1940 #oudekerk
1935. A view of the Bloemstraat in the Jordaan section of Amsterdam. On the left De Kleine Coal Mine (The small coal mine) selling coal and petroleum for home heating and cooking. The Bloemstraat runs between Lijnbaansgracht and Prinsengracht and is crossed by Eerste and Tweede Bloemdwarsstraat and Akoleienstraat. Today, there is a mixture of historic buildings and newly constructed 3-story apartment buildings on the street. Photo Stadsarchief Amsterdam. #amsterdam #1935 #Bloemstraat #Jordaan