When we get a chance to look at vintage photos, it always seems that things were completely different back in the day and it’s just so hard to imagine what life was like back then.

25 years ago Bill Nelson, a vintage photography enthusiast, found a packet of negatives at an estate sale in Minneapolis, Minnesota and has been trying to find as much information about these photos as possible. “The negatives themselves are about 10 cm x 12.5 cm and are cut from roll film. The film stock is quite brittle and is, I believe, nitrocellulose, so I store them in a freezer. Because they are fragile and inevitably degrading, I took the time to scan them all at a high resolution. Still, it’s quite remarkable they survived at all, given their indifferent treatment for the first 90 years of their existence,” Bill told Bored Panda.

According to him, photos like these can give a palpable connection to the period and an opportunity to know it differently than you would from modern histories.

Scroll down to see these photos yourself, and don’t forget to tell us what you think in the comments.

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#1

Four Boys From Volendam, Netherlands

Four Boys From Volendam, Netherlands

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Lola 1 year ago

It looks like the same kid in different sizes.

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#2

Cockington Forge, Devon, England

Cockington Forge, Devon, England

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Pollypocket81 1 year ago

Chocolate box village, idyllic.

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Tourists At The Frauenkirche, Nürnberg, Germany

Tourists At The Frauenkirche, Nürnberg, Germany

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Lola 1 year ago

Class and elegance.

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#4

Mother And Daughter On Mountain Top, Austria

Mother And Daughter On Mountain Top, Austria

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Brigitta Swart 1 year ago

The hills are alive, with the sound of music...

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#5

Two Gentlemen, London

Two Gentlemen, London

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Adrienne Varvil 1 year ago

'Warm beer IS the wave of the future,Nigel"

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#6

Market, Bayreuth, Germany

Market, Bayreuth, Germany

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Daniella Campbell 1 year ago

You don't run away from the person with the food

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#7

Men And Girl On The Docks, Marken, Netherlands

Men And Girl On The Docks, Marken, Netherlands

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BusLady 1 year ago

Ok, let's clarify this, folks. I meant she *looks* like a little Dutch girl. She's wearing the traditional clothing. So you can all get your panties out of a bunch.

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#8

Net Mender, Étretat, Normandy, France

Net Mender, Étretat, Normandy, France

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Sierra Batten 1 year ago

This guy looks a lot like Robin Williams.

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#9

Oldest Man In Clovelly, England

Oldest Man In Clovelly, England

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Adrienne Varvil 1 year ago

'Aye..and I'm older than this wall'

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#10

Mature Woman On Bench

Mature Woman On Bench

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Mimi 1 year ago

Keeping in mind they didn't have modern detergent let alone washing machines and dryers. Life must have been so much more hard work!!

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#11

Omnibuses, London, England

Omnibuses, London, England

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Bluebird11 1 year ago

Funny how they were festooned with ads even back then!

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#12

Girls In Cottage, Marken, Netherlands

Girls In Cottage, Marken, Netherlands

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BusLady 1 year ago

Too bad you can't see the colors in this photo. Must have been beautiful.

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#13

Marken Girls, Marken, Netherlands

Marken Girls, Marken, Netherlands

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Pollypocket81 1 year ago

Love the clogs.

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#14

Steigersgrachtwater, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Steigersgrachtwater, Rotterdam, Netherlands

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Stille20 1 year ago

The funny thing about this one is if you hadn't told me, I would not have realized how old the photo was.

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#15

Fishing Boats, Volendam, Netherlands

Fishing Boats, Volendam, Netherlands

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Adrienne Varvil 1 year ago

1835 used catamaran lot

#16

On The Charles Bridge, Prague, Czechoslovakia

On The Charles Bridge, Prague, Czechoslovakia

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Melinda Rose 1 year ago

Great picture! But there was no Czechoslovakia in 1904. It was Bohemia, part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

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#17

Steep Street, Clovelly, Devon, England

Steep Street, Clovelly, Devon, England

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RaroaRaroa 1 year ago

Take a look on google streetview - the place still looks the same.

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#18

Laundry On The Beach, Étretat, France

Laundry On The Beach, Étretat, France

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Pollypocket81 1 year ago

Such hardship to have clean clothing etc. These days people complain about turning a nob in, and having to empty the machine when the job is finished for you. Oh how we "evolve" lol

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#19

Asparagus Sellers, Vienna, Austria

Asparagus Sellers, Vienna, Austria

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Lou Wow 1 year ago

I am trying to imagine someone saying "asparagus" in an Austrian accent. 😁

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#20

Women In Market, Bayreuth, Germany

Women In Market, Bayreuth, Germany

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TC 1 year ago

beautiful baskets...

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#21

Haying With Oxen, Austria

Haying With Oxen, Austria

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BusLady 1 year ago

How did she manage to get up there? Lol

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#22

Zwinger Palace, Dresden, Germany

Zwinger Palace, Dresden, Germany

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Ged Maybury 1 year ago

Dresden? Oh dear. ... Yup: "The building was mostly destroyed by the carpet bombing raids of 13–15 February 1945. The art collection had been previously evacuated, however. Reconstruction began in 1945, ...By 1963 the Zwinger had largely been restored to its pre-war state." Wikipedia

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#23

Cheese Market In Alkmaar, Netherlands

Cheese Market In Alkmaar, Netherlands

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Geert van der Ploeg 1 year ago

This ceremonial market process is still carried out every friday during summer

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#24

Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria

Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria

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Adrienne Varvil 1 year ago

Stuart never happy with one thing,built two of everything

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#25

New Inn, Clovelly, Devon, England

New Inn, Clovelly, Devon, England

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Katie Bear 1 year ago

It's still there.

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#26

Horses, Carts, And Bobbies, England

Horses, Carts, And Bobbies, England

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BusLady 1 year ago

Sharp uniforms.

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#27

Farm Buildings, Normandy, France

Farm Buildings, Normandy, France

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julien 1 year ago

Veules les Roses ( Normandy ) today veules-les...3e735b.jpg veules-les-roses-5b9e0083e735b.jpg

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#28

Organ Grinder And Daughter, London

Organ Grinder And Daughter, London

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Sierra Batten 1 year ago

Is that a monkey seated on top of that organ?

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#29

Woman With Heavy Basket, Location Uncertain

Woman With Heavy Basket, Location Uncertain

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BusLady 1 year ago

Oh, that looks so heavy. Poor lady.

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#30

Punting At Magdalen Bridge, Oxford, England

Punting At Magdalen Bridge, Oxford, England

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Ged Maybury 1 year ago

Compare this scene to "Woman with Heavy Basket". Hmmm...

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#31

School Children, Netherlands

School Children, Netherlands

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Mimi 1 year ago

I love how nobody told them to say cheese.

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#32

Old Fisherman, Netherlands

Old Fisherman, Netherlands

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Paul O 1 year ago

Stop, fishing time!

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#33

Replica Windmill, Sans Souci Park, Potsdam, Germany

Replica Windmill, Sans Souci Park, Potsdam, Germany

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Katie Bear 1 year ago

Also, still there

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#34

Caveé Saint-Firmin, Montreuil-Sur-Mer, France

Caveé Saint-Firmin, Montreuil-Sur-Mer, France

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Katie Bear 1 year ago

Add some exposed power wiring and cars, and it's still there.

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#35

Roadside Shrines, Austria

Roadside Shrines, Austria

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Jaguarundi 1 year ago

There are shrines like that along the roadsides here in the states.

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#36

Ornate Doorway- Eglise St. Maclou, Rouen, France

Ornate Doorway- Eglise St. Maclou, Rouen, France

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BusLady 1 year ago

That is a lot of work. Very nice.

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#37

Group Of Women On The Shore, France

Group Of Women On The Shore, France

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Monika Soffronow 1 year ago

The women seem to be in a hurry to get the fish to market, fresh as can be after the boats came in.

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#38

Chateau De Coucy In 1904, France

Chateau De Coucy In 1904, France

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julien 1 year ago

Château de Coucy has been listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture since 1862, and is managed by the Centre des monuments nationaux. currently being restored.

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Old Street, Possibly Montreuil-Sur-Mer

Old Street, Possibly Montreuil-Sur-Mer

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julien 1 year ago

Montreuil sur Mer today ! montreuil-...22f207.jpg montreuil-sur-mer-1-5b9e17d22f207.jpg

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#40

Frenchwoman And Her Geese

Frenchwoman And Her Geese

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#41

Alice, London, England

Alice, London, England

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Dog Lover 1 year ago

Who the f**k is Alice!?

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#42

The Boat Crush, Eights Week, 1904 Oxford, England

The Boat Crush, Eights Week, 1904 Oxford, England

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#43

Bavaria, Germany

Bavaria, Germany

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Sei Ichirou 1 year ago

Here you can see some type of traditional bavarian garb, still worn by some women for special occasions today - especially in southern Bavaria. FYI: The so called "Dirndl" that you get to see a lot e.g. on the famous Oktoberfest in Munich is not considered real garb. This type of dress was made for the upper class in the 19th century as leisurewear during summer months. A few decades later the Nazis changed the look a bit and voilà... a myth was born. ^^;

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#44

Linderhof, Ludwig Ii's Palace In Bavaria

Linderhof, Ludwig Ii's Palace In Bavaria

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BusLady 1 year ago

Beautiful setting. Wow! Great shot.

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#45

Mrs. Dixon And Alice, London, England

Mrs. Dixon And Alice, London, England

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Lou Wow 1 year ago

Bet the parrot is still alive. 😁

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#46

Men Killing Time, Germany

Men Killing Time, Germany

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Susan Forbes 1 year ago

What does the man on the right have over his shoulder?

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#47

Kibitzers, Etretat, Normandy, France

Kibitzers, Etretat, Normandy, France

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Adrienne Varvil 1 year ago

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Dave, Doug and Frank, the first teamsters

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This Is A No Longer Existing Windmill Called "De Maagd" In Dordrecht, Netherlands

This Is A No Longer Existing Windmill Called "De Maagd" In Dordrecht, Netherlands

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Purple light 1 year ago

De Maagd means the Virgin. It was not a reference to the virgin Mary, but a personification of the city of Dordrecht.

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#49

Men And Boat, Marken, Netherlands

Men And Boat, Marken, Netherlands

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BusLady 1 year ago

I cant imagine living by the sea. It was such a part of their lives.

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#50

Museum Of Natural History, Vienna, Austria

Museum Of Natural History, Vienna, Austria

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#51

Market, Bayreuth, Germany

Market, Bayreuth, Germany

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Tiari 1 year ago

That stroller is so damn stylish :D

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#52

Two Men On Road, France

Two Men On Road, France

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Pion 2s7 11 months ago

There are 4 more people working on the field

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#53

Laundry Day, Marken, Netherlands

Laundry Day, Marken, Netherlands

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#54

The Quay At Clovelly, Devon, England

The Quay At Clovelly, Devon, England

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#55

Street Vendors Below Josef's Fountain, Vienna, Austria

Street Vendors Below Josef's Fountain, Vienna, Austria

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BusLady 1 year ago

Interesting to see people working and going about their day.

#56

Cutting Hay With Oxen, Germany

Cutting Hay With Oxen, Germany

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Melanie Höflich 1 year ago

That's not hay, they are cutting wheat.

#57

Quay, Clovelly, Devon, England

Quay, Clovelly, Devon, England

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BusLady 1 year ago

The man looks so tiny next to these buildings.

#58

Oxford, England

Oxford, England

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#59

Dining Hall At Christ Church University, Oxford

Dining Hall At Christ Church University, Oxford

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BusLady 1 year ago

Looks like portraits along the walls.

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#60

Steep Street, Clovelly, Devon, England

Steep Street, Clovelly, Devon, England

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Karin Gibson 4 months ago

they still use sledges to take their shopping home as motorised vehicles are not allowed in the village.

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#61

Market, Nürnberg, Germany

Market, Nürnberg, Germany

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Ess Ess 1 year ago

Are you a horticultural historian? Napthalene, creosote, and petrolium oils were often used to treat crops - they didn't even know it was harmful to humans.

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Market, Nürnberg, Germany

Market, Nürnberg, Germany

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BusLady 1 year ago

I can just picture myself there. Step inside the picture.

#63

Women Gathering Hay

Women Gathering Hay

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#64

The Cliffs At Étretat, Normandy, France

The Cliffs At Étretat, Normandy, France

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BusLady 1 year ago

Same cliff as in the other pic.

#65

Chateau De Coucy, Near Étretat, Normandy

Chateau De Coucy, Near Étretat, Normandy

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Zenozenobee 1 year ago

Mmmh, the Chateau de Coucy is so not near Etretat that it's not even in Normandy ;p It's been partly destroyed by German army in 1917 coucy-5b9a...80baf4.jpg coucy-5b9a5fe80baf4.jpg

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#66

Man And Couple, Germany

Man And Couple, Germany

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BusLady 1 year ago

Two's company, three' s a crowd.

#67

Doorways, Vienna, Austria

Doorways, Vienna, Austria

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BusLady 1 year ago

Wow, the construction of these buildings would take a lot of man hours. Lovely.

#68

Man With Dog Cart, Netherlands

Man With Dog Cart, Netherlands

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Amanda Ford 1 year ago

Nowadays that would be labeled animal cruelty and all hell would break loose.

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#69

Laundry Day, Marken, Netherlands

Laundry Day, Marken, Netherlands

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bvw 1 year ago

If you visit Marken (near by Volendam) you will be amazed! Some people still do it in this way.

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#70

Spuiwater Canal, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Spuiwater Canal, Rotterdam, Netherlands

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Two Windmills Along A Canal In Landsmeer, Netherlands

Two Windmills Along A Canal In Landsmeer, Netherlands

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BusLady 1 year ago

I never knew they were so huge.

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#72

Volendam Street, Netherlands

Volendam Street, Netherlands

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bvw 1 year ago

In Volendam you still can get photo's of you're self in those traditional cloths. And some people still wear them

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#73

Fishermen, Étretat, Normandy, France

Fishermen, Étretat, Normandy, France

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BusLady 1 year ago

Tired after a hard days work, or just setting out?

#74

Marken, Netherlands

Marken, Netherlands

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#75

Friedens-Engel Memorial In Munchen, Germany

Friedens-Engel Memorial In Munchen, Germany

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Mimi 1 year ago

Still there, still looking the same

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#76

Vienna Burgtheater, Vienna, Austria

Vienna Burgtheater, Vienna, Austria

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Blue Ball Inn, Countisbury, Lynmouth, Devon, England

Blue Ball Inn, Countisbury, Lynmouth, Devon, England

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BusLady 1 year ago

How many horses do they have?

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Hoher Markt, Vienna, Austria

Hoher Markt, Vienna, Austria