For the Children
Bob of Holland sent in this illustration of Amsterdam’s Nieuwmarkt (“New Market”). The building which dominates the scene is De Waag, or weighing house, which was originally a gatehouse in Amsterdam’s city walls, but was converted when the walls were torn down in the 17th century. Today, De Waag is a restaurant and cafe.
Bob tells me that this postcard, which is unvarnished and dates from 1957, was made for the yearly Kinderpostzegels (Children’s Stamps). Since 1924, Kinderpostzegels has been an annual campaign in the Netherlands to produce stamps which are sold door-to-door by children themselves; a small surcharge is added to the cost of the stamp, which goes to a fund to benefit the welfare of less fortunate children both in the Netherlands and abroad.
Be sure to check out Bob’s site European Film Star Postcards, “a blog dedicated to the stars of the popular European cinema from 1895 till 1970, and to the fans who collected their postcards.” Bob’s mini-biographies of the stars appearing on the postcards are superb.