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April 9th, 2012:

Unannounced Visits & Unexpected (Guts) Guests – 70 Korte Leidsedwarsstraat – Amsterdam, NL

Unannounced Visits & Unexpected Guts Guests © Frank H. Jump

Yesterday my mother and I walked to the ancestral home of my great grandmother where she lived during WWII and later sold plants and flowers from her front parlor (see posting). We rang the bell and we were please to be let in by the lovely Monika The, who has lived here for almost 50 years. My mother Willy and I talked about how the neighborhood has become such a trafficked area and Monika told us how disrespectful people (tourists) and others can be. A film crew set up in front of her building without a permit, nor proper courtesy of asking if it was OK. These are some of the actors. We thought we’d seize the moment for a picture. Kare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare.

Hollandsche, Fransche & Weener Broodbakkerij – Weduwe E.A. Rekers – Prinsengracht & Leidsestraat – Gevelreclame – Amsterdam, NL

© Frank H. Jump

Dutch, French & Viennese Bread Bakery – Widow E.A. Rekers

From the Art Nouveau Jugendstil font style, this sign can be dated from 1890 – 1910 – with my estimate towards the later end of this period. According to the Dutch site Winkelstories - Rekers, Wed. EA, bakery was founded in 1878. The building has a date of 1896 – which may be when it was renovated. Now Kwakman bakery. Prinsengracht 462 / Leidsestraat corner

Municipality of Amsterdam - City Archive

The Modern Confectionery Co – Delicious Brand Hams & Bacon – Portland, OR

© Frank H. Jump

Great comparison shots from 1996 and 2006 on Portland’s Building ads!