While browsing through my father’s book collection, I found a fairly awesome picture book entitled Observe the years 1900-1950: a book full of pictures illustrating and describing events of the then past 50 years, published in late 1949.
I scanned some of the images I liked best.
- “In foreign countries, traditions completely unknown in The Netherlands persisted. In France there was a duel between two members of the chamber in 1902, while in German fraternities ‘Mensur’ still existed, where the goal was to hurt each other so he’d bleed, preferably in the face.”
- “The airforce was a new weapon, which enabled previously unthought of possibilities for bombing of important targets.”
- “Science continued, despite the international uproar. In 1915 Shackleton researched the South-pole area, while his ship, the ‘endurance’ was cracked by ice. The discovery of the grave of Tut-ankh-amon in 1926 was remarkable.”
- “On the side of the government [of Spain] women actively participated in battle, while numerous volunteers joined forces both for and against the republican government.”
- “Of the heart of the prosperous harbor-city of Rotterdam, only wasteland remains.”
- “Like master… like servant. In Europe the Führer makes himself popular, so the Leider [Dutch for leader, German pawn government] faithfully follows his example.”
- “Death by famine and exhaustion is the fate of many. But the worst will only appear later…“
- “The price of freedom. The American war-churchyard Margraten in Limburg.”
- “The creation of the state of Israel on 15 May 1948 brought happiness to the Jewish people who finally found a mother country after all those centuries of wandering. On the first meeting of the world council of chuches, 4 September 1948 in Amsterdam, it was created as permanent contact-point for all Christians. The Catholic Church and the Orthodox Russian church were not present.”
- “Because of the advancing communist troops in China, the waterways in Shanghai had to harbour uncountable amounts of sampans. In The Netherlands all attention was concentrated on the developments in Indonesia, which led to the round-table conference.”
- “At the beginning of the century Europe dominated the world. Now the power swifted to the hands of the United States of America and the Soviet Union. Will their decisions decide the future of our continent?”