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May 22, 2021

30 Rare Photos Capture Street Scenes of Amsterdam in the 1930s

Amsterdam is the capital and most populous city of the Netherlands. It is colloquially referred to as the “Venice of the North”, attributed by the large number of canals which form a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Amsterdam in the 1930s

Amsterdam is well known for its nightlife and festival activity; with several of its nightclubs (Melkweg, Paradiso) among the world’s most famous. Primarily known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled façades; well-preserved legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. Cycling is also key to the city’s character, and there are numerous bike paths.

The Port of Amsterdam is the fifth largest in Europe. The KLM hub and Amsterdam’s main airport, Schiphol, is the Netherlands’ busiest airport as well as the third busiest in Europe and 11th busiest airport in the world. The Dutch capital is considered one of the most multicultural cities in the world, with at least 177 nationalities represented.

These rare vintage photos show what street scenes of Amsterdam looked like in the 1930s.

Rapenburg, Amsterdam, 1930

Amsterdam, 1931

1924 Mercedes police car, Amsterdam, 1932

Amsterdam, 1932

Amsterdam, 1932

Amsterdam, 1932

Amsterdam, circa 1932

Renault taxi, Amsterdam, 1932

Rokin, Amsterdam, circa 1932

Amsterdam, 1933

RAI, Amsterdam, 1933

Amsterdam, 1934

Amsterdam, 1934

Amsterdam, circa 1934

Amsterdam, circa 1934

Renault taxi G-26176, Amsterdam, 1934

The Jordaanoproer, Amsterdam, 1934

1930 Buick model 40 sport coupé, Amsterdam, 1935

Amsterdam, 1935

1936 Buick G-327 in Amsterdam, circa 1936

Amsterdam, 1936

Leidsestraat, Amsterdam, circa 1936

Amsterdam, 1937

Damrak, Amsterdam, 1938

Rembrandt Theater, Amsterdam, circa 1938

Amsterdam, 1939

Linnaeusstraat, Amsterdam, 1939

Rokin, Amsterdam, 1939

Rozengracht, Amsterdam, 1939

Leidseplein, Amsterdam, circa 1930s


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