Local Heart, Global Soul

October 15, 2019

Functional Works Of Art…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I love maps. Old ones, new ones, but, well…if I’m honest, especially old ones. Today’s find is more in the range of “Vintage” (not yet antique /100 years old) rather than Antique (more than 100 years old), but a wonderful find all the same. My Father was born and bred in the Hague, and although I was born 16.000 kilometres away in New Zealand, I now live here too.

Seeing old maps of familiar places means something to many people, they can trace streets that they recognise, and look at street names that family members have talked about, or addresses where they lived. If the places are not local, are far flung destinations with beautiful names and geographical features, we can pour over the typography and admire the skills of the mapmakers.

There are also those of us who just like to see what’s changed between the “then” that we are looking at an the “Now” that we know, but there also those of us who simply admire the detail and beauty of a functional object crafted into a display piece that is also becomes a work of art.

The area that this map depicts is the “Vruchtenbuurt” of the Hague, They have a Wikipedia page, (which only in the Dutch language) but a few of the main points translate as:

The Vruchtenbuurt is a district that consists of the Vruchtenbuurt and Eykenduynen neighbourhoods within the Segbroek district of The Hague.

Almost all streets have the name of a fruit. The homes were mainly built in the years 1928-1940,  and before development into a residential neighbourhood this was a horticultural area.”

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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