A large exhibit about Rotterdam at work at the Nederlands Fotomuseum. Not that the topic is exciting, but some jewels can be found in the large body of pictures presented, covering the whole 20th century. It shows a world that does not exist anymore. The modern Rotterdam harbour is high tech, the containers are moved around with computers, a society of services, of “working from home”. Difficult to imagine that only 60 – 70 years ago, a large population of workers, like this man staring at us with a cigarette pinched between his lips, lived in this busy city.

Hendrikstraat and Frederikspad, 1946 ©Rotterdam Phototechnical Department
Hendrikstraat and Frederikspad, 1946 ©Rotterdam Phototechnical Department
Hendrikstraat and Frederikspad, 1946 ©Rotterdam Phototechnical Department
Positioning of the quay-walls IJsselhaven, 1913 ©Wouter Cool jr
Preparation for wooden pavement, between 1919-1920 ©unknown
Military Supply Service St. Job, 1914-1919 ©François H. van Dijk
Steamer Germaine in dock 6, 1929 ©François H. van Dijk
Waste Food Collector, Frederikstraat, Crooswijk, 1960 ©Henk Jonker
Wood Collector, Frederikstraat, Crooswijk, 1960 ©Henk Jonker
Port Worker ca. 1952 ©Ad Windig
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