Local Heart, Global Soul

January 21, 2020

Logging Our Errors…

Visiting the Freemasons House on  the 2019 ‘Nationale Monumentendag’ (Open days for National Historic Places sites) ‘Freemason’s House’ I find one beautiful object after another. Being that this is the “display” section of the Freemasons building and the only section open to the public it stands to reason that their library is featured here. Some books,  probably all log books, ledgers and visitors books were written out by hand. Handwriting /penmanship was taught to a meticulous standard to boys and girls from a young age so little wonder that these books (maybe diaries??) are so beautifully written.  But… just to prove that in a medium where mistakes could not be erased, we also see that (maybe someone’s long sleeve?) smudged some of this beautiful work. No matter the amount of training, we are only human after all.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

January 20, 2020

Knowledge And History…

I don’t know about you, but I have a thing for books… especially old books! Disastrous for my asthma I know, but sooooo beautiful to drool over look at. Going to ‘Nationale Monumentendag’ (Open days for National Historic Places sites) gives me the opportunity to find such treasures. They might not be for handling or drooling over but photography was permitted. The Freemasons House in the Hague was the location of these beautiful exhibits, they hold not just knowledge and history within their covers but also create a wonderful smell and atmosphere.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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