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================ FAMILY PICTURES & STORIES (ONE) ================



 

Hofje van Berg en Dal , Den Haag , Holland , appr. 1931

 

#  This picture dates back to the early thirties , possibly to the year 1931 .
The people carefully lined up for this both rather special and rare event of being portrayed , were almost all the then inhabitants of the 'Hofje van Berg en Dal' in the city of The Hague in the country of the Netherlands .
'Hofje' means 'little court' and 'Berg en Dal' means 'Mountain and Valley' , which was the somewhat peculiar name of this little court somewhere in the innertown of this big city .
In those days there were numerous little courts in every city in Holland , but when prosperity came to the country , also the housing conditions improved and thus nearly all those little courts were demolished , with the exeption of just a few  -  and those few remaining little courts are nowadays fairly popular with a lot of people ....
"The times , they are , most certainly , changing ......."

   Deze foto moet lang geleden , in of rond het jaar 1931 , ter gelegenheid van het ....- jarig bestaan van het Hofje van Berg en Dal  genomen zijn van bijna alle toenmalige bewoners van dit hofje dat lag middenin de Rivierenbuurt nabij de Maasstraat in de stad Den Haag .
Zoals zovele hofjes  is ook dit hofje in de loop der tijd  - inmiddels al weer enkele tientallen jaren geleden  -  volledig ten prooi gevallen aan de slopershamer .

Na grondige bestudering van deze foto door mijn moeder Riet van der Groef - ten Wolde , één van de bewoners én van de geportertteerden van toen , zijn er flink wat namen boven tafel gekomen van al deze bewoners van dit kleine , voorgoed verdwenen hofje uit een inmiddels al weer lang vervlogen tijd ....

Hier volgen hun vermoedelijke namen , waarbij nog aangetekend kan worden dat we geen zekerheid hebben over de exacte spelling .

HELEMAAL LINKS : zittende vrouw : mevr. Fortunati  /  naast haar met kind voor zich : Mien Kersten - van Drongelen ( één van haar nazaten moet later nog in het huwelijk getreden zijn met een zeer bekende Haagse darter ...)  /  naast haar : mevr. van Es

HELEMAAL LINKS :  de heer Fortunati (met pet , echtgenoot van de vrouw voor hem)  /  naast hem zijn schoondochter mevr. Fortunati - Westenberg  /  .....

HELEMAAL RECHTS  { van rechts naar links : }  zittend ouder meisje in zwart : Durand  /  naast haar , in wit , met dasje : mijn moeder Riet Lokkerbol , ten Wolde  /  de jonge vrouw naast haar : Tellekamp

HELEMAAL RECHTS { van rechts naar links : }  staande vrouw : mevr. Kooij  /  oudere man met hoed : onbekend  /  vrouw met kind : onbekend  /  Indische jonge vrouw : Riet(je) Bekker  /  Indische jongeman : Haijes  /  jonge vrouw : onbekend  /  jonge vrouw : Helsloot  /  man met pet : haar vader , de heer Helsloot  /  lange man : de heer Haijes  /  stevige man met snor : de heer Uiterwijk  /  langste man : de heer Flemming  /  naast hem zijn echtgenote mevr. Flemming - Vreeswijk  /  vrouw : onbekend  /  man met hoed : Jan Lokkerbol , echtgenoot van Marie Lokkerbol - van Drongelen

MIDDEN ZITTEND { van rechts naar links : }  oude vrouw met strik : onbekend  /  oudere vrouw : mevr. Wehrmann  /  stevige vrouw : mevr. Groen  /  tengere vrouw : mevr. Helsloot  /  tengere vrouw met gevouwen handen : Marie Lokkerbol - van Drongelen , echtgenote van Jan Lokkerbol en zuster van Mien Kersten - van Drongelen  /  Indische vrouw : mevr. Haijes  /  Indische vrouw met baby : Bekker ?  /  mevr. Durand  /  .......

DRIE KINDEREN ACHTER :  rechts : Helsloot (naast haar oudere zuster)  /  midden , voor de heer Haijes :  Kersten  /  links , voor de heer Uiterwijk : zijn dochter (Uiterwijk)

KINDEREN VOOR { van rechts nar links : }  jongen met pet : onbekend  /  meisje : onbekend  /  meisje : onbekend  /  jongen : Kersten  /  jongen : onbekend  /  jongen : Helsloot  /  jongen : onbekend  /  jongen : Kooij  /  meisje met jonger kind voor zich : Mien Kersten ?  /  jongen : van Es ?  /  jongen : Joop Kersten ?  /  ......

De huisbaas uit die dagen , de heer Hibbeler , die deze 'foto-sessie' indertijd georganiseerd moet hebben , ontbreekt op deze foto , evenals (o.a.) Philip Haijes en de invalide echtgenoot van mevr. Wehrmann .   

 

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Marie van Drongelen , Riet ten Wolde and  Jan Lokkerbol

 

Picture of my mother  MARIA PAULINA TEN WOLDE , flanked by her foster-parents , the married couple  LOKKERBOL - VAN DRONGELEN .
This picture was taken in the twenties , in or around the year 1925 , in their hometown The Hague / Den Haag in the Netherlands .

My mother's foster-father already died in the year 1944 , still in the midst of the second world war , her foster-mother however much much later , in the year 1976 , at the age of 93 .

And how about my mother herself ??
Well , she was born in the last year of the first world war , which makes her a woman 'more or less' stricken in age by now , and so she will be celebrating her 90th birthday fairly soon , bút ....she certainly is still very much alive and kicking , like a young playful filly foal in a green meadow ........

 

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St. Willibrordus primary school in the Netherlands , in the city of Den Haag/The Hague , in or around the year 1930   -   'apartheid' in the schooldesks .....?!? 

 

#  This school picture was taken more than 75 years ago , in or around the year 1930 , of probably the sixth primary school class of the former catholic St. Willibrordus girls' school at the Hekkelaan near the Zwarteweg in the city of The Hague in the country of the Netherlands .

One might say that this school was also a kind of special primary school , not only because of the strict segregation of boys and girls (that was rather common in those days  -  the katholic boys' school was just around the corner of the street)  , but more in particular though because this girls' school was characterized by some other special segregation system :  classes with poor children (A-side) and classes with rich children (B-side) ......

The children on this picture all belonged to the A-side , and so they were 'the paupers' , whose fathers were most of the times labourers or simple craftsmen , whereas the fathers of the children on that óther side , the 'privileged ones' , were mainly shopkeepers , allowing them to send their offspring to that other 'rich girls' side' .

The St. Willibrordus School was a roman catholic primary school for girls and that meant that (part of) the education was done by nuns : schoolteachers in the first three classes were nuns , schoolteachers in the last three classes of this school were civilian schoolteachers , bút always of course of absolute catholic faith  ;  the schoolteacher on this picture for instance , Miss De Roo(ij)/Roode , decided , in the same year in which this photo was taken , to follow her vocation and to become a nun  -  it must have made my mother cry a little when she heard this announcemant ....

The reason for the "apartheid-system" between these rich and poor classes may have been the following one : in those days , the early thirties of the previous century , further high school education wasn't reserved for a quite lot of children and certainly not for those children who were coming from a poor family .
The girls on this picture , including my mother  (she is the girl on the far right) , almost all started to work as a domestic servant or as a labourer in a factory , once they had left primary school , whereas the parents of the more privileged children on the B-side could afford to send their offspring to high school to have further education . 

Education must have been (more or less) of the same level , but on the B-side children and parents were being prepared for the promotion to high school , whereas education for the poor children on the A-side already ended in the class here so clearly photographed , although .... when, after having rounded off the sixth class of primary school , you were still too young to work , you weren't allowed to leave school yet and you had to do the sixth class all over again , unnecessarily really , and thus became the sixth class an extra superfluous séventh class .

Probably shortly after this picture was taken , my mother , still being too young to go to work ,  was sent by her parents to the B-side for the extra seventh class , bút , so I was told once by my mother , the children in that B-class weren't half that nice and friendly as the children were in that other class on the A-side ...

Thanks to the still very good and bright memory of my mother , I can now enumerate the names of most of these girls , who , if still around , must be women stricken in age of 89 or 90 years by now !

And here their names are (in Dutch) :

{ voorste rij van links naar rechts : }
Bep (?) Kramer  /  Suze Smit  /  Toos Frankhuizen  /  Riet Lokkerbol , ten Wolde

{ daarchter van links naar rechts : }
---  /  Kramer  /  ???  /  Dien de Koning

{ derde rij van links naar rechts : }
Tinie van Putten  /  Bep(?) Rombouts (?)  /  ---  /  Stien v.d. Berg

{ vierde rij : }
---  /  Diepeveen (?)  /  ???  /  Uiterwijk (bij raam)

{ achterste bank , dus alleen links : }
???  /  ???


 

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In a Dutch Zoo ...

 

# This picture is very dear to me . It was taken in or around the year 1966 in a Dutch Zoo named Ouwehands Dierenpark in the middle of , what is very plain to see , the summertime .

From left to right :  Wim sr. (Willem van der Groef) , my late father  ;  Sien (Francina ten Wolde - van der Groef) , my late aunt  ;  a lost non-aggressive and rather friendly polar bear ..... ;  Riet (Maria Paulina van der Groef - ten Wolde) , my mother  ;  Ben (Bernardus ten Wolde) , my late uncle  and finally .... a somewhat and somehow frightened harmless little child , who seems to have rather picked the soft safe hand of his mother instead of that big claw of that fearful looking huge polar bear .....and since that little boy was (or should I say ís still me ..?!) I can recollect , or at least I thínk that I can still recollect my somewhat ambiguous state of mind about the confrontation with that "horrible gigantic white creature" , whereas my parents nor my aunt and uncle didn't seem to fear that ferocious beast at all ......????!!

 

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Antonius van Padua primary school , Den Haag/The Hague , Holland , 1922

 

# This is an old schoolpicture dating back to the year 1922 , to the 25th of march , as we , rather conveniently , can still very clearly see on the little board hold up by one of the schoolboys .
And also the name of the school had been clearly written out in elegant letters on the board : 'St. Antonius van Padua School' , a roman katholic school júst for boys , as is very obvious on this picture !
The school was located at the 'Z(uid) O(ost) Binnensingel 66' , later renamed in 'Uilebomen' , in the city of The Hague in the Netherlands .

I can only identify one of these boys : my late uncle BERTUS TEN WOLDE , then a boy of 12 years of age ; he is the rather sad looking boy with dark eyes as if he had been crying  just a moment before , sitting on his knees on the second row , being the third boy from the right .
In front of him is a boy in a  , in those days rather popular , young boys' sailor suit , who must have been part of a identical twin (look at the boy sitting next to him) .
Evidence that this picture definitely was taken in Holland is given by the boy sitting on the far left who is wearing ....yes indeed , a pair of klompen = wooden shoes ....only the tulips and the windmills are missing .....

 

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Oranjebond  -  Den Haag/The Hague , appr. 1925

 

# Picture of quite a lot of children , and júst boys , since boys and girls were very frequently segregated in those days ; these boys all belonged to the 'Kinderafdeling van de Koninklijke Oranjebond' , which must have been a society of Dutch royalists who used to organize all kinds of leisure activities and short trips for the (poor) children who surely must have been eager to join !

The boy sitting on the right on the first row is my late uncle WIET/LOWIE TEN WOLDE , and sitting next to him is my other late uncle BERNARD/BEN TEN WOLDE .
Knowing the dates of their births (1916 , 1917) I suppose that this picture was taken in or around the year 1925 , probably in The Hague in the Netherlands , since they , like possibly all the other children and adults on this picture , were living in the city of The Hague .

Hopefully it was a pleasant society to be a member of , but when I look sharply at the rather severe looking faces of the leaders of this children branch of the Oranjebond , I still remain wondering ......

 

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Persoonsbewijs/Ausweis/Identity Card of  BERNARDUS TEN WOLDE

# Persoonsbewijs / Ausweis / Identity card of my late uncle BEN (BERNARDUS TEN WOLDE) .
Ben was born on july 12 , 1917 in the city of The Hague in the Netherlands  -  when this passport photograph was taken , he was 24 years of age .
This identity card was issued on november 26 , 1941 by government order = in order of the German occupiers of the country .
Everyone needed to have such an 'Ausweis'   in those days and everyone had to carry the card all the time .

In 1941 Ben worked for a radio factory ,  in 1941 still fully unaware of what misery was in store for him ......
One or two years later several employees of this radio factory were forced to go to the capital city of Germany , to Berlin , to work there as prisoner of was  -   and yes indeed , Ben was among those lamentable group of people .....

Bút in 1945 Ben returned to his homeland , fortunately completely únbroken , and just a year later he got married and had a daughter .

Ben died in the year 1991 at the age of 74.
I remember my uncle as a very kindhearted and jovial man .
If everyone on this planet would have such a fine character as Ben had , the world could stop having armies and all soldiers could be fired , since there wouldn't be any war left to be waged ......... 

 

 

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