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GOEREE-OVERFLAKKEE



'Het laantje van Middelharnis'

>  A photograph , better and more beautiful than this picture painted just outside the village of Middelharnis in the Netherlands , is hardly thinkable .

This view of Middelharnis , a classical landscape painting , one of the most famous Dutch pictures from the 17th century , is called 'Het laantje van Middelharnis' , meaning : 'Alley of Middelharnis'  -  it was painted by Meindert Hobbema .

Meidert Hobbema started his career as a trainee of an other very famous Dutch painter of landscapes : Ruijsdael .  In the 18th century Hobbema served as an example for British landscapists and painters of aquarelles . 

Hobbema painted 'Het laantje' in the second part of the 17th century (probably in the year 1669 or 1689) . When we look at the picture we get a clear image of how small the village of Middelharnis (a place on the then island of Goeree-Overflakkee) still was by the end of the 17th century .

The municipal of Middelharnis must have bought this picture in the year 1782 for 25 guilders and 50 cents ('those were the days ...') , bt exchanged it later for two nimported paintings ( and they really must have thought then that two pictures for the price of one was a very good bargain .....) .

Nowadays 'Het Laantje' is part of the collection of the National Gallery in London  nd is of incalculable value ......

Slowly the village of Middelharnis expanded over the years , and the alley (which was called then 'den Steenwegh') with its trees (looking like poplars , but they should be ash-trees) became the 'Steneweg' , a street with dozens of  houses on both sides , where once , a long time ago now , all of those impressive tall trees were growing and showing off ...... 

   And in that very street my aunt Ida together with her husband and son were living , on number 108 , something I can still remember by heart , since my parents and I , still being a little child at the time , used to visit them frequently , though I never knew and never culd have thought then that at least once a year I found myself on such special art-historical sacred ground .........

 

 

Men and women from Menheerse/Middelharnis , Holland , making an excursion , lots of decades ago ...

#  Pleasure trips were peaks in the lives with their daily cares and troubles of ordinary people living before WO II .

Such a majestic picture near a colonade like this one shows us not only many familiar faces of the men and women who used to live in the small town of Menheerse = Middelharnis , situated on the former Dutch island of Goeree-Overflakkee , many decades ago ,  but it also shows us very clearly that the way people from the island were dressed in those days was certainly changing .
The caps for the men , the hoods ('keuvels') for the women and their costumes had to make place for lighter , easier to wear clothes , as is shown here most obviously by 'the young ones' , all sitting here in the foreground  -   'the times , they are , they wre (already about 75 years ago)  changing ....', one could say , nd sing .....

What a picture it is :  Menheerse , a day out , Menheerse , from dark to light !!


   

CORNELIS JONGEJAN  and his spouse PIETERNELLA , living in Middelharnis on the island of Goeree-Overflakkee in the Netherlands , more than 75 years ago

#  Very clearly is shown here what kind of costumes men and women used to wear in Menheerse=Middelharnis , well , not just in that place but all around the (former) island of Goeree-Overflakkee in the Netherlands in the distant past , and in some cases not even that very distant past ...

Portrayed here are CORNELIS JONGEJAN and his wife PIETERNELLA ,  both looking very .... exuberant ?? .... no , that isn't quite the word we are looking for ...
Cornelis and Pieternella used to live in Middelharnis in the 3e Weistraat (in English : 'the third Meadowstreet') .

Look at the 'keursen' (= skirts) of Pieternella :  often three layers on top of eachother and always wearing the black one as last .
Some women 'weren't wide enough' to carry all those skirts in an elegant way .  For those women the so-called 'keuteprie' was invented :  a filled cloth worn under the skirts  -  and then by making use of a small hook everything stayed on its place ......

 

 

 

 

Floral fte in Middelharnis/Sommelsdijk , Holland , August 31 , 1929

#  This picture was made , as is obvious to see on the plate , on August 31 , 1929 in Middelharnis/Sommelsdijk (in the Netherlands) , at the occasion of the birthday of the then Dutch queen , celebrating 'bloemendag' , meaning : 'floral fte' , well , 'celebrating ....?'  -   looking at the facial expression of these men and women one gets the strong impression it must have been quite a serious event in those days ......

Oh yes , if you think you still can recognize  one or two of the portrayed men and young women , who all used to live on the former island of Goeree-Overflakkee decades ago , here are all of their names (standing and sitting :)  
>>>  Isac Rooy , Frans v.d.Weide , Martina de Korte , Koos v.d.Velde , Adriaantje de Korte , Jobje Verduin , Dana Rooy , Arendje Schellevis , Piet Viskil , Arendje Albrechts , Louise Vroegindewey , Cor Vroegindewey , Marien Blok , Jan Bouman , Bakelaar , Pietje Blok , Tannetje Buth , van Zetten , Jannetje Wittekoek , Klaasje Vijfhuizen , Willempje Vijfhuizen , Noordijk , Willempje Blok , Marie Wittekoek , Lena v.d.Kooy , Basje Hartogh , Sjaan van Dijk