30 Rare Photographs Capture Daily Life in the Netherlands From Between the 1900s and 1920s

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The Netherlands was an industrial late bloomer.

Between 1880 and 1920 the economy transited from dominantly agricultural towards industrialized. Hygiene and modern healthcare were introduced. Everyone back then would have witnessed rapid modernization during their lifetimes.

Before 1900 traditional agricultural jobs had been replaced by jobs in industries. This had led to urbanization and masses of underprivileged workers, a relatively small middle class of educated people, as well as a very small excessively wealthy class.

This does remind of developing countries today, but a major difference was that the introduction of the steamship had encouraged further contact with the colonies. Many chose to seek their fortune or career in the Dutch Indies.

How life would’ve been mainly depended on class back then, but major social changes had been made by that time.

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