This is a post for Sepia Saturday 159.
Netherlands South-Holland, Scheveningen donkey riding 1937 01 16a
This postcard from Scheveningen (Netherlands) has a postmark dated 16 January 1937. The card shows the busiest stretch of the Scheveningen beach, right-front of the Kurhaus. That part has always been a real tourist beach, both before the war and after.
In the foreground you see a group of donkeys that you can rent for a ride on the beach. Especially boys liked to use this opportunity. One of the boys has a sailor outfit. The other guys wear knee-breeches and stockings.
Behind the donkeys are the wicker beach chairs. You can rent chairs for a certain period, usually two at a time. The seats are angled towards each other, so you have some privacy, a private spot with shade and you can watch the kids.
The building on the right is the famous ‘Steinberger Kurhaus Hotel’, abbreviated Kurhaus. From the Kurhaus you can get over a footbridge to the Wilhelmina Pier to walk above the sea.
Netherlands South-Holland, Scheveningen donkey riding 1937 01 16b
The ordinary people of Scheveningen went to the beach opposite the Keizerstraat. In the first years after the war we came there often. You did not have to pay for a place to sit. My mother just sat on the sand and meanwhile we played the thousand games you can play on the beach: paddle in the sea, building sand castles, kite flying, shell hunting.
We went quite often to the beach, in my mind almost every day, but at least if there was a heat wave. Over the years it became more crowded on the beach. We all got a bike and we rode often through the dunes to the north. At the Wassenaarseslag we turned left and so we arrived at the quiet beach. We spent the whole day on the beach, playing and swimming.
In 1959 we moved to Hoogeveen in the province of Drenthe. There was no beach and no ocean. It happened to be a very hot summer. I longed every day to swim in the sea, but from that year on it was only possible during the holidays.
Now I live in Arnhem and I still miss the beach and the sea. I would prefer a beach walk, especially if it’s a bit windy.
Netherlands 1937 01 16c
The Kurhaus has its own website.
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