My “Billboard” series of photographs is back!
These are billboards that the Haags Gemeentearchief (the Hague City Council Archive) put up to celebrate their 125th Anniversary a few years ago.
The Haags Gemeentearchief did feature the billboard photos with their historic views of the city on their own (Dutch language) website, but to my surprise there were no ”Now” photos to go with them.
I have to confess that that our inner-local-history buff got a little out of hand during the time that these boards were up and Himself and I got rather competitive when it came to capturing all the billboards in the temporary display before they were all removed.
It was excellent fun though, finding them all and ticking them off the list.
One of the biggest advantages of our game of ”find and photograph” is that I photographed not only the billboards in situ but also the immediate area surrounding them so that my series gives both the ’Old” and “New” views.
The caption on the billboard reads: ”Boerderij aan de Houtweg later Kapelaan Meereboerweg. Foto: W.F. Duunk, circa 1900.” which translates as: “Farmhouse on the Houtweg (later to be called) the Kapelaan Meereboerweg, Photo: W.F. Duunk, circa 1900″.
On the Haags Gemeentearchief website there was space provided for people to add any additional information about the billboards whilst they were on display and on this one someone wrote in the following (Dutch language text only so I’ve added a translation):
Het huis op de foto is het geboortehuis van mijn grootvader Willem Kortekaas. In de familie bestaat nog een schilderijtje van het huis, dat altijd bij mijn grootouders in de woonkamer heeft gehangen.
Ik kan me het huis nog goed herinneren, omdat mijn ouders er vlakbij in de v.d. Gaagstraat woonden. Het huis werd toen (plm. jaren vijftig) bewoond door de fam. in ‘t Veld.”
The house in the photo is the birthplace of my grandfather Willem Kortekaas. Our family still has a painting of the house, which used to hang in my grandfather’s living room.
I remember the house well, because my parents lived very close by in the van der Gaagstraat. Later on the t’ Veld family moved into the house (around the 1950′s).