It’s been ages since I last added a post to my series of historical billboards that the Gemeente Den Haag (The Hague City Council) put around the city some years ago to celebrate the one hundred years anniversary of the Gemeente archive department.
They had a temporary website detailing where all of the billboards were located but no “now” photographs to contract the “then” images they were featuring.
After Himself and I saw several of the billboards dotted around they city, our curiosity got the better of us and some investigation discovered the website which lead to the decision to try and visit them all.
There were roughly eighty billboards in total and we managed to visit almost all of them: I naturally took my camera and documented the area around each of them so that the difference between “then” and “now” could be seen at a glance.
In some instances the changes were profound, the area was no longer recognisable whilst in others many old buildings could still be identified and the amount of change was fairly negligible.
This particular billboard can be found in Loosduinen, which was originally it’s own municipal village, but was annexed by The Hague in 1923, so is now designated as a neighbourhood of the city.
The text on the board reads: “Emmastraat in Loosduinen met rechts hotel De Roskam op de hoek van de Willem III straat, circa 1912” (which translates as: Emma street in Loosduinen with at right the De Roskam Hotel on the corner of the Willem III street, circa 1912)
The area in this instance has changed beyond recognition, the Hotel Roskam has long since gone and there is a massive central square with a large supermarket and many smaller shops with houses above.
One shop from 1912 is still operating in the shopping area today, but now situated in a different premises in one of the newer buildings.
This business is called “the Jeursen Butchery” and whilst busy taking these photographs I was approached by a couple who turned out to be local history buffs.
They told me that their research and other old photographs in their collection showed a decorative pigs head outside the old shop and they let me know that the same decorative pigs head was now a display item in the new shop further down the shopping complex. The butchers shop was shut when I was here taking the photos, but I still managed to snap a photo of the pigs head on the wall inside the shop. It’s an interesting outing and an insight into just how much an area can change about roughly hundred years. Who knows what it will look like a century from now?