33 Color Pics Capture Street Scenes of Amsterdam in the Early 1970s

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Amsterdam is the capital and most populous city of the Netherlands. It is in the province of North Holland and colloquially referred to as the “Venice of the North” due to its large number of canals which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

As the commercial capital of the Netherlands and one of the top financial centres in Europe, Amsterdam is considered an alpha-world city by the Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) study group. The city is also the cultural capital of the Netherlands.

Many large Dutch institutions have their headquarters there, including Philips, AkzoNobel, TomTom and ING. Also, many of the world’s largest companies are based in Amsterdam or have established their European headquarters in the city, such as leading technology companies Uber, Netflix and Tesla.

Amsterdam was considerred one of the best cities to live. The Port of Amsterdam is the fifth largest in Europe. The city is also well known for its nightlife and festival activity; several of its nightclubs (Melkweg, Paradiso) are among the world’s most famous. It is also one of the world’s most multicultural cities, with at least 177 nationalities represented.

These fascinating photos were taken by Arthur Staal that show what Amsterdam’s street scenes looked like from 1970 to 1973.

Amsterdam Leidseplein, August 1970

GVB 574 on route 2 on his way to Hoofddorpplein terminus on detour, Bilderdijkstraat (crossing Kinkerstraat), Amsterdam, 1970

Leidsestraat, Amsterdam, August 1970

The bus to Uithoorn and Woerden, Amsterdam, 1970

The bus to Uithoorn and Woerden, Amsterdam, 1970

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