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September 25, 2020

Advertising Exactly What?

The central city street sign on the side of this building says: “Vrouwensteeg – Vrowenkerk ca. 1300 – 1820 ” (so this alleyway leads to where a church once stood), but it’s the advertising sign on the wall that’s really captured my attention.

It is, I have to say one of the most difficult to read advertising signs I have ever seen, but to be fair it’s very old and seriously faded. It even looks like there may be writing or images overwritten on it so I have my work cut out.

I can see the word “rookt” so it’s something “smoking” related, probably in all likelihood a tobacconists’ shop at one time. I’m confused here, I mean there was plenty of wall to go around if another advert was wanted.

My (wild) guess would be that they wanted to use change the advert but keep some bits, painted those over the top but the first image showed through when the second one faded. … or..?? otherwise I have seriously no clue and am very much open to suggestions.

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(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

September 24, 2020

The Goods Entrance…

Oops my photographs got out of order. I featured a mural a few days ago: “The Tragedy Of A Short Life… ”  and wanted to show you the door beneath it.  Obviously the “goods entrance” of the shop around the corner so I am lead to wonder about the commodities that have passed through here. This is most definitely several hundreds years old and although it’s been painted black it retains an excellent sense of history and character. Just my cup of tea…

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(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

September 23, 2020

This Hobby Took Flight?

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These pigeon lofts, seen on top of a few houses around Leiden, house racing pigeons. The birds are so quick in taking flight that it was really difficult to get a photograph of one taking off, although I did end up with several photographs of wingtips and tail feathers on the very edge of frame.  Finally I used the multiple shutter of the Sport function and even then it took a while but I was successful. Here it look like two neighbouring houses have these pigeon lofts, a sport that I am not sure is really so popular these days. That said, it’s not something that I follow so I may be wrong, I’ve just based this on the fact that there used to be a few of these lofts where I live but they all disappeared at least ten years or fifteen years ago. Maybe it’s a hobby that took flight?

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(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

September 22, 2020

Unconditional Love…

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Touring the central city of Leiden during the Spring of 2020, I came across this plaque in a wall that shows a monk and his dog. The dates tells me 1445-1945 but I couldn’t find any other information or signs to explain these dates so am rather perplexed. One thing is for certain, love between animals and their masters is one of the purest forms of unconditional love.

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(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

September 21, 2020

Beauty Further Than Glass…

Apologies for the messy posts of late, I put some half finished stuff in the WordPress Schedule, put in the photographs, added partial text in some cases and then forgot to go back and finish them after going further and loading more things into the schedule.

In this third post about windows, this one is also in the Art Deco style, yet completely different to the other two. The centre of Leiden boasts many beautiful buildings, and this beauty goes far further than the glass windows too.

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(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

September 20, 2020

Déco Too, But Cleaner And Less Fussy…

This  next set of shop windows in Leiden is also of an Art Déco style, but (in my opinion) cleaner and less fussy in execution than the other ones in yesterday’s post. I have to confess that this one is a favourite of mine… love it!

Primera” is the actual name of the shop here, I’m guessing that there may be a conservation law that protects the original “P.J. van Kampenhout” name across the top, since it is part of the entire Art Déco frontage, and I’m delighted that it’s being kept in such good shape, not just left to fade out like I have seen on some other buildings. The owner of this building clearly values the heritage of the building here.

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(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

September 19, 2020

Art Déco: Strong And Bold…

If ever you needed an example of Art Déco architecture in it’s strongest form, this building would be it. None of the Art Nouveau / Jugendstil style of natural flowing shapes, floral motifs and sensual figure forms here. From around 1910 Art Deco had started to make it’s appearance known. Motifs were strong, geometric, colourful, and even clothes fashion changed from the curves of the turn of the turn of the 1900’s into the straight, strong and long rectangular lines of the 1920’s flapper era. This shop glass is a beautiful example of everything Art Déco. It may have been a rebellion to the curves and flowers, but it was just as beautiful.

(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

September 18, 2020

The Strong Masculine Style Of Fussy…

Sitting on top of a very normal shop in the centre of Leiden, the uppermost portion of this building exhibits all of the details of the 18th or 19th Century. A “Step” gable and beautiful contrasting white stone and red brickwork.  Attention to detail, and plenty of detail without being overly fussy. I don’t find that these buildings are very feminine at all, there are for instance no wooden fretwork, floral tiles or abundance of carved faces. Instead this is more of strong masculine style of fussy, and it’s just as beautiful as it’s more feminist fussy counterparts.

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(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

 

September 17, 2020

Oude Stadhuis little figure on the wall (PICS in needs text)

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(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

September 16, 2020

Messing With Their Heads…

This Leiden side street looks rather nondescript, plenty of bikes, not really anything interesting going on… but between the bicycles, a little graffiti that is quite an interesting artwork. One funny side point thought, I accidentally clicked the wrong button when I was sorting my photographs and ended up with the last photograph as my computer’s background photo.

My kids were shocked, perplexed that I had something of this style as screen saver… and a bit annoyed in that typical teenage fashion: “Ugh, mam, that’s sooo ugly, what are YOU doing with THAT as your screen saver? you are too old for that! take it off! Now! ” Naturally that was my cue to keep it as my screen saver for some months and it made me smile every time the computer started and it popped up as my background image. “Down with the kids?!” err, Ha ha ! maybe not at all, but I can still have some fun winding them up and messing with their heads.

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(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

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