- All picture postcards are in fine condition.
= A fascinating tour through Amsterdam as it was at the beginning of 20th century, alphabetically and thematically ordered by the collector L.C. Schade van Westrum (1923-1998), author of i.a. Groeten uit Amsterdam. Prentbriefkaarten uit grootvader's album, and editor of and contributor (on picture postcards) to Ons Amsterdam). He began collecting these picture postcards in the years after the war, and when it became a serious occupation for him, he was virtually the only collector in the field. He subsequently spent almost all of his adult life putting together this magnificent "panorama in picture postcards" of the myriad streets and alleys of Amsterdam, branching out from its ancient centre into the newly built late 19th and early 20th century city districts. Albums 1-14 contain the postcards of the alleys and streets, album 15 the cards of the villages that were part of greater Amsterdam, album 16 the views of harbours and hotels, album 17 covers the churches, album 18 the museums, album 19 shows the various stations, album 20 the orphanages and album 21 the hospitals. Many of the streets, squares and alleys are shown from all sorts of angles and locations. Album 14 contains a separate section labeled "Straatleven" and contains 48 picture postcards that show the daily hustle and bustle on Amsterdam streets in the city centre, including the streets surrounding the Waterlooplein in which many of the Amsterdam Jews lived and worked.
The 16 postcards of the series "Momentopname uit het Amsterdamsche Straatleven" give a lively impression of this area of Amsterdam, i.a. "Bij Saartje de fruitvrouw"; "Nakijk, nakijk"; ""Kikki", de "Kargadoor" van den brug bij de Reestraat"; "Schillen! Schillen! Jan de schilleboer"; "In de Atax"; "Paraplu een kwartjee!!"; "De Boekhandelaar op de Nieuwmarkt"; "Donker Amsterdam"; "De Lijfwacht van Naatje op den Dam"; "Een Kijkje in de Jordaan - Een buurpraatje"; "Dekschaleeee!!"; "In den Jodenhoek", "Levendige Ling""; the same can be said of the 10 postcards of the series "Volksleven Amsterdam", i.a. "'t Uiltje"; "Levende Garnalen"; "De allemans gading"; "De Vinkenkoopman"; "De overhaal"; "Hein de poetser"; "Diaconimannetje"; "Scharensliep" and "Middagrust". Also includes two of the series of 8 picture postcards by J.M. Schalekamp showing Jewish streetvendors (numb. E81 and E85) and 2 postcards published by Louis Diefenthal. Among the portraits of famous street-figures of Amsterdam, a series of six postcards showing the notorious clochard and would-be politician Had-je-me-maar stands out. Some of the streets and blocks have long disappeared or changed radically, i.a. the "Batavierdwarsstraat"; (Wooden houses on the Prinseneiland) (real photogr. card); (Overtoom before the filling up of the canal); "Baangracht"; "Dommersstraat" (real photogr. card); "Hemelrijk"; "Jodenbreestraat"; "Kostverloren Wetering"; "Kromme Elleboogsteeg"; "Tram Amsterdam-Haarlem over de Grote Klapbrug"; "Markengracht"; "Sophiaplein" (later Muntplein); "Sportveld achter het museum"; "Amsterd. IJs-Club achter het Rijksmuseum"; "Diepe Bassin Harthoorn" (near the Westerdoksdijk); "Zandhoek"; "Zandstraat"; "Zeeburgerpad"; "Zwarte Bijlsteeg", etc. etc.
In general the picture postcards contained in this collection are the rare ones that show the streets and streetlife in their most recognizable form: mostly views that were taken at street level, many of them with recognizable people and readable names of the shops located in the streets. SEE ILLUSTRATIONS ON TITLE-PAGE AND PLATES LXXXIII AND LXXXIV.