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Dreaming away at the lake

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When you go on holiday it’s always nice to find a lovely spot at a lake where you can relax and maybe have a picnic. And can you imagine a better car to reach that destination than this trusty Gaz 24, or Volga as they were known outside Russia? The sturdy Volga was introduced in 1968, but production didn’t start until 1970 and they remained in production until 1992, although in an updated version. Nowadays we don’t see them too often. The last one (although an earlier model 21) we spotted was a few years ago at the ‘Nationaal Oldtimer Festival’ at the Zandvoort racing circuit. Maybe it will be there again this Sunday when this year’s Festival will be held.

Friday, 29 July 2016

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The Netherlands in the fifties – Part 4

4a-Middelburg-Raadhuis
The last stop on our brief tour through Holland is Middelburg, an historic town in the province Zeeland. Here we visit the market square with the town hall, one of the most beautiful medieval buildings in the Netherlands. Construction of the town hall was started in 1452 and finished almost seventy years later, in 1520. It was virtually destroyed during WW II. In the drawing the tower is still under reconstruction, the restoration lasted until late in the 20th century. Today the market square is a pedestrian area.

(text: Rutger Booy; paintings by Piet van der Maaden, Ford Wereld)

Thursday, 28 July 2016

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The Netherlands in the fifties – Part 3

3a-Rotterdam-Maasbrug
It’s only a short drive from The Hague to Rotterdam, but wow, that city has changed since this drawing was made in the 1950s. Here we see the ‘Willemsbrug’, the bridge that connected the northern and southern part of the city. Behind it the shipping activities that were the heartbeat of the city. Today all that has changed, Rotterdam is now a city with many modern skyscapers. The bridge has been replaced by a bigger one and the harbor was moved outside the city, first to ‘Maasvlakte 1’, an industrial area created in the 1960s and only recently to ‘Maasvlakte 2’ built by spraying up sand from the floor of the North Sea.

(text: Rutger Booy; paintings by Piet van der Maaden, Ford Wereld)

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

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The Netherlands in the fifties – Part 2

2a-Den-Haag-Gevangenpoort
From Amsterdam to The Hague by automobile is a distance of some 60 kilometers (forty miles), but due to the density of today’s traffic it will take you the best part of an hour. A sight we cannot miss in The Hague is the ‘Gevangenpoort’ (Prisoners’s Gate), a medieval prison close to the Houses of Parliament. It dates from the year 1420, but in 1882 it became a prison museum. On this recent picture the street looks almost deserted, but from experience we know that it can be just as busy as in the fifties. Only the traffic cop has long since been replaced by traffic lights.

(text: Rutger Booy; paintings by Piet van der Maaden, Ford Wereld)

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

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