Local Heart, Global Soul

November 9, 2015

Stadhoudersplein, Not All Of The Change Occurred Willingly…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

It’s been six years since the Den Haag Gemeentearchief (the Hague City Council Archive) placed large billboards around the city of the Hague to celebrate  their 125th year anniversary.

Himself and I, both interested in local history and the quirkiness of “discovering” these as we traveled around the city, decided to look on the Gemeente website (it has been removed since) to see if we hd seen them all.

We were stunned to find out that there were just over eighty billboards up at the time, so the twenty-three or so we had found were only the tip of the iceberg.

We also discovered from the website that whilst the Gemeente website detailed all of the historic photographs, that none had been taken of the present day views, and this is a gap that Himself and I decided that we could fill. With the list of locations in hand we decided to check as many of the other billboards off the list as possible and eventually we managed all but one of them. The last and most elusive one was a puzzle, we went back twice because we thought we had missed finding the right location but later we found out that it had only been in place a short time and during that time it had been vandalised three times.

The Gemeente took the decision to permanently remove it from the exhibition rather than replace it for the fourth time, so for us it meant it was simply no longer there to be found. However there was also good news: one of the other billboards in the series sustained a little damage around it’s base but otherwise the rest, some eighty-three billboards in total stayed in perfect condition for the several month duration of the exhibition. I’ve been showing off the series of billboards here on my blog ever since and learning a little more about my city in the process.

Today’s billboard was located on the Stadhoudersplein and the caption reads “Stadhoudersplein in aanbouw op een prentbriefkaart van circa 1905. Het linker deel van het Stadhoudersplein is afgebroken in de Tweede Wereldoorlog” which translates as “Stadhoudersplein under construction in a a postcard around  1905. The left portion of the Stadhoudersplein was destroyed in World War II”. Let’s take a look…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

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