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April 1, 2016

28 Impressive Vintage Photos of Amsterdam in the Late 19th Century

Jacob Olie (1834-1905) was a Dutch photographer, known for for his photographs of Amsterdam in the 19th century. He was born, lived and worked in this city.

Photography was nothing more than a hobby for Olie, who earned his living by working as a carpenter and engineer on the Prinseneiland.

The urbanization of Amsterdam in the 19th century – with all the major changes it brought – represents a recurring theme at Olie. Filling in of canals to turn them into streets, widening of embankments, the construction of the first large department stores and offices – these are all captured by his photographs.

Take a look at some of his photographs and you will see why his work is so precious in capturing the essence of old Amsterdam!

Grote Houtstraat, 21 September 1894

Utrechtsestraat, 20 June 1898

Amstel, 1 April 1894

Dam Square, 1890

Dam Square, 1890

Frederiksplein, 1891

Gebed Zonder End, 1892

Geldersekade, 1890

Herengracht, 30 March 1894

Jan Luijkenstraat, 4 June 1898

Koninginneweg, September 1893

Lijnbaansgracht, corner Reguliersgracht, 12 March 1899

Nassaukade, 1890

Nicolaas Witsenkade, 1891

Nieuwe Teertuinen with Sloterdijkerbrug ,1890

Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal, 6 October 1897

Noordermarkt, 30 October 1896

Oosteinde, 1890

Paulus Potterstraat, 8 November 1897

Plantage Middenlaan, 24 May 1895

Prins Hendrikkade, 30 June 1897

Reguliersbreestraat, 17 October 1899

Roemer Visscherstraat, 9 May 1895

Spuistraat, 10 July 1896

Utrechtsestraat Street, 1893

Utrechtsestraat, 7 July 1897

Veemarkt, 1890

Weteringcircuit , 20 July 1898

(Photos by Jacob Olie)


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