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December 6, 2019

33 Color Pics Capture Street Scenes of Amsterdam in the Early 1970s

Amsterdam is the capital and most populous city of the Netherlands. It is in the province of North Holland and colloquially referred to as the "Venice of the North" due to its large number of canals which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

As the commercial capital of the Netherlands and one of the top financial centres in Europe, Amsterdam is considered an alpha-world city by the Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) study group. The city is also the cultural capital of the Netherlands.

Many large Dutch institutions have their headquarters there, including Philips, AkzoNobel, TomTom and ING. Also, many of the world's largest companies are based in Amsterdam or have established their European headquarters in the city, such as leading technology companies Uber, Netflix and Tesla.

Amsterdam was considerred one of the best cities to live. The Port of Amsterdam is the fifth largest in Europe. The city is also well known for its nightlife and festival activity; several of its nightclubs (Melkweg, Paradiso) are among the world's most famous. It is also one of the world's most multicultural cities, with at least 177 nationalities represented.

These fascinating photos were taken by Arthur Staal that show what Amsterdam's street scenes looked like from 1970 to 1973.

Amsterdam Leidseplein, August 1970

GVB 574 on route 2 on his way to Hoofddorpplein terminus on detour, Bilderdijkstraat (crossing Kinkerstraat), Amsterdam, 1970

Leidsestraat, Amsterdam, August 1970

The bus to Uithoorn and Woerden, Amsterdam, 1970

The bus to Uithoorn and Woerden, Amsterdam, 1970

Amsterdam Centraal Station, August 1971

De Clercqstraat (Elisabeth Wolffstraat), Amsterdam, 1971

Line 1 in the Jan Pieter Heijestraat, Amsterdam, August 1971

Nassaukade, Amsterdam, November 1971

Raadhuisstraat, Amsterdam, 1971

Route 25, Amsterdam, August 1971

Run on the tram, Amsterdam, 1971

A moody Autumn afternoon, Frederiksplein, Amsterdam, November 1972

Amsterdam Centraal Station, June 1972

Amsterdam Rietlanden, October 1972

Centraal Station, Amsterdam, July 1972

Centraal Station, Amsterdam, July 1972

Frederik Hendrikplantsoen, Amsterdam, July 1972

Haarlemmerstraat, Amsterdam, November 1972

Linnaeusstraat, Amsterdam, 1972

Muntplein, Amsterdam, October 1972

National (war) Monument on Dam Square in Amsterdam, July 1972

Running to get that tram, Bilderdijkstraat, Amsterdam, 1972

Temporary tramtracks, Amsterdam, June 1972

Amstelveenseweg, Amsterdam, November 1973

Amsterdam Centraal Station, November 1973

Line 4 through the Bakkersstraat. In the background: Rembrandtplein and Schiller Hotel, February 1973

Marnixstraat busstation, Amsterdam, March 1973

Mercedes bashing, Rozengracht, Amsterdam, July 1973

On a rainy day in Amsterdam, April 1973

Rush hour, Amsterdam, Koninginneweg, 1973

Spring in Amsterdam, April 1973

The traffic police in control of cars during rush hour, Haarlemmerplein, Amsterdam, January 1973

(Photos © Amsterdam RAIL | All Rights Reserved)

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