|Mill in Westbroek|
The photos below, taken fifty years later by Elisabeth's nephew Jasper, show the villages of Loosdrecht and s'Graveland, respectively the hometowns of Elisabeth Daams and Barend VandenBerg, as they appeared around 1960. It is interesting to speculate how much these scenes have changed (or not) over the years.
|Canal in Loosdrecht|
Of course, there is also a road between the two towns. I picture Elisabeth and Barend riding bicycles along the road, perhaps meeting halfway in between:
|The road between s'Graveland and Loosdrecht|
Through the wonders of the Internet, I can tell you that as I write this, it is 10 degrees Celsius (50 F.) and sunny in Loosdrecht. Check it out for yourself right here. (Of course, when you click on the link, the weather may be different!) It is muddy along the marsh in spring, but this photo looks like it could have inspired Van Gogh:
|A marsh in Loosdrecht|
A hundred years ago the Daams family owned a blacksmith's shop, and the family resided next door to the shop. Elisabeth was born in the family home on March 29, 1886:
|The old Daams smithy circa 1960|
The sign over the building reads, "plumbing supplies, stoves, oil burners."
Heading north from Loosdrecht, you might happen upon the following scenes:
|Old house along the canal|
|Rear of houses along the canal|
In s'Graveland there is a Dutch Reformed Church, where my great-grandfather was organist for 40 years:
|Reformed Church and parsonage|
You can see the church tower behind the parsonage.
Here the s'Graveland Canal joins the Hilversum Vreeland Canal. The scene is reminiscent of landscapes painted by the old Dutch masters:
|Canal scene: s'Graveland|
And here the "road less traveled" leads to an estate where my great-grandfather worked as a gardener.The terrain looks much like the countryside around my own hometown at this time of the year:
|Country lane near s'Graveland|
Many thanks to Margriet W. for digitizing these fifty year old slides.
Tot ziens! Good-bye for now!