In 2009, The Den Haag Gemeentearchief (the Hague City Council Archive) celebrated their 125th year anniversary and placed many large billboards around the city.
I loved the idea that I could compare old views with new, and the budding history buff in us got all fired up as hubby and I got rather fanatical about seeing all of the billboards whilst they were on display.
Obviously since the photos cover a time span of almost one hundred and fifty years, some of the changes in the city in that time have been dramatic.
Here in the Korte Laak , Escamppolder it’s clear that back in 1900 when the photo was taken that the area lay on the outskirts of the city, it was an area of open fields and a few small buildings and canals.
The caption reads ” the man sits to draw or paint on the banks of the Korte Laak, in the background is the pumping station of the Escamppolder“
Today the canals have been filled in, and the land taken over as the city has expanded to meet demand for housing, business needs and roads. You will see from the “today” photos that the changes here have been dramatic indeed.
and the view left and right…