I found these old photos of Amsterdam on a Facebook page entitled Oud Amsterdam. The credits for each of them are also to be found on the respective page, so it is worth taking a look.
It has been a really nice adventure to go through all these amazing photographs of Amsterdam and see older versions of the city and its inhabitants. The streets in the centre seemed so peaceful and walkable (compared with today, when all you think of is how to avoid them because of the crowds) and there is an overall sense of space and enjoyment. Not to mention the elegance of women!
From the selection I made below, I personally loved the photos depicting women taken during “Skirt day” (was it actually a day dedicated to the celebration of the skirt?!), and those of leisure activities. It was also a surprise to see that the Overtoom (nowadays a main street in the Oud-West) used to be a canal.
The Oude Kerk opened its doors in 1306, thus being the 1st church in Amsterdam. It survived the fire of 1421 and the one in 1452, which makes it the oldest building (still standing) in Amsterdam. Photo dating from 1951:
Who knows, maybe one day the photos on Amsterdamming are going to have the same impact in the minds of Amsterdam`s future inhabitants or its lovers. 🙂
Tip: If you live in Amsterdam and are curious to see what your street used to look like in the past, just go to Amsterdam City Archive site and fill in the name of the street in the search field. You will be surprised and it`s addictive! 🙂