Local Heart, Global Soul

March 31, 2015

A Lightening Strike Look Into The Past…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Today’s post is another billboard from a series that the Gemeente Den Haag (The Hague City Council) placed around the city as part of their celebration of one hundred years anniversary of the Gemeente archive department.

This one is situated on the outer edge of the Hague, so as might be expected the “before” photograph taken in 1916 is very rural.

These days it’s a new-ish subdivision where the modern houses have been built around a few of the older homes and farms in the area.

The text on the billboard reads “Tomatenlaan hoek Oosteinde, molen van de Wippolder, circa 1910. De molen brandde in 1916 af als gevolg van blikseminslag. Verzameling Vereniging De HollandscheMolen, Amsterdam” …

…which translates as ” Tomatenlaan corner Oosteinde, (wind) mill from the Wippolder, around 1910. The mill burnt down in 1916 after being struck by lightening. From the collection of the foundation of Dutch (wind) mills,  Amsterdam.”

The gemeente website section that featured the billboards (which has since been removed for some reason) only had images of the photographs on the billboards but not of the present day.

Himself and I decided to visit each billboard and capture the present day views, this is therefore the “old” and “new” alongside one another so that you can see how much, or how little things have changed.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The view in the opposite direction…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)



1 Comment »

  1. Whenever you post Dutch text I like to try to figure it out on my own before reading the translation 🙂 On this one I am proud of myself for figuring out brandde on my own (I already knew what molen was 😉 ) LOL

    Comment by Carrie — April 5, 2015 @ 3:33 am | Reply

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