Hendricus W. J. Bickhoff – The Amsterdam Citizen’s Orphanage (Burgerweeshuis), 1904.


In May 2017 Leo received his most spectacular purchase on the internet ever. Thinking he bought an old photo book, in reality he bought 27 original photo’s by the Amsterdam photographer Hendricus W. J. Bickhoff (1866-1933) dating from 1904. The pictures are telling a staged story of the life in the Amsterdam citizen’s orphanage (Burgerweeshuis Amsterdam). It was presented in a leather box to it’s former director J. Stork in 1904.The building is now the Amsterdam Museum and looks pretty much as on these pictures. These pictures however bring back a world that is long gone. What a treasure!


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