Saturday, 22 October 2011
For Sepia Saturday this week I show you a postcard of a small group of Dutch children in traditional dress who appear to have been told to smile for the camera. They come from the island of Marken in North Holland.
Marken wasn't always an island but became separated from the mainland in the 13th century during a storm. It has always been low lying and prone to flooding so traditionally the houses are built on stilts. In 1957 the island has been connected to the mainland once more, by a causeway, but it retains its traditional ways as tourism has become a main source of income.
The cards, along with 10 others in the series, came in the folder above. They were produced by Nenke & Ostermaier who held one of the patents for the Photochromie process, first invented in 1874. They produced many cards for the UK and the USA before starting publishing under their own name.
PS I've just realised that Postcard has some very similar cards. It must be a case of great minds thinking alike. :)