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Bike Friday

 

Off-n-running into the weekend.

(a WWII bike in the Flehite Museum, Amersfoort, NL)

 

[from Astrid's comment:  "On the 6th of October 1944 Hitler gave the order to the troops in The Netherlands, Denmark, and Italy to take as many bikes as possible from the locals to move around faster."  This explains why the bike is in the rafters of the museum, so it can't be stolen.] 

 

 

 

Bike Friday

 

Off-n-running into the weekend.

(a WWII bike in the Flehite Museum, Amersfoort, NL)

 

[from Astrid's comment:  "On the 6th of October 1944 Hitler gave the order to the troops in The Netherlands, Denmark, and Italy to take as many bikes as possible from the locals to move around faster."  This explains why the bike is in the rafters of the museum, so it can't be stolen.] 

 

 

 

comments (28)

  • Ray
  • Not in United States
  • 11 Aug 2017, 01:05
Brilliant image, Ginnie.

[now I am off to ride my bicycle]
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Ray. It was a photo waiting to happen! smile
That is superb. The museum supplied wonderful light that adds a feeling of mystery to the shot.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Michael. As I just told Ray, it was a photo waiting to happen.
Ohhhh! Nice one, Ginnie!! You captured this beautifully!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you most kindly, Elizabeth.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 11 Aug 2017, 04:41
This is a fabulous picture of that bike. LOVE the light here and it is amazing that it looks like you can take it for a ride. This bike might be one of the few that are left behind from the Germans. On the 6th of October 1944 Hitler gave the order to the troops in The Netherlands, Denmark and Italy to take as many bikes as possible from the locals to move around faster. That order was a big blow for the people, they so needed their bikes badly. (I know, far too much information, but this was a big thing in the Dutch Historie)
Ginnie Hart: THIS is history, Astrid, and is one of the "memories" the Dutch have of the war that many in the world know nothing about. Thanks for adding this info. I will add it to my own text above.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 11 Aug 2017, 06:21
I'm not sure I knew about this rather strange order Ginnie, it reeks of desperation
Ginnie Hart: It gives added history, Chris, to the never-ending "rifts" between the Dutch and the Germans.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 11 Aug 2017, 06:43
Yes, I know the historical order - very bad times for The Netherlands - but your image is wonderful. I know where the Flehite Museum is situated - on Tuesday we'll go Amersfoort, too.
Ginnie Hart: It's a history the Dutch always seem to remember, Philine, even after all these years. At least now they can make jokes about the bikes. If you can't find your bike, maybe it's somewhere in Germany? grin
Magnifique prise de vue , on croirait ce velo caché en attendant d'aller sauver le monde..Bravo
Ginnie Hart: If one single bike like this could save the world, Claudine, I think we would all breathe a bit easier!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Aug 2017, 07:25
I would sabotage the bike; perhaps have the saddle fall off to just leave the stem smile The light in this is very special.
Ginnie Hart: Sounds like a good solution, Alan. I wonder how many Dutch people thought of that at the time??? It might have "saved" their bikes! Thanks.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 11 Aug 2017, 07:59
This was an atrocity in itself, Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Yes, it was, Lisl!
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 11 Aug 2017, 08:16
Excellent photograph Ginnie and thanks for the reminder.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Chad, and you're welcome!
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 11 Aug 2017, 08:27
wow, such a dramatic picture and so sad reading Astrid's comment... such a horrific time
Ginnie Hart: I know, Elaine. It's part of the "bad history" from the war. sad
  • jpla
  • Anjou
  • 11 Aug 2017, 09:17
Belle maîtrise de la lumière
JP
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, JP.
  • Les Auld
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Aug 2017, 09:22
The light really works in this Ginnie. Well seen.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Les, and welcome back!!!
The lighting on it is very nice - and museum like.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Mary.
To our generation of Dutch people this would mean a lot, one can see sense in the order but what a shame it was even necessary in the first place.
Ginnie Hart: I know, Brian. I know!
A snippet of history to accompany this fine picture Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, Bill!
Nice treatment of the subject, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Tom.
Oh the Japanese used the same tactic to capture Malaya and eventually reached Singapore.

It was the shame that the British left us alone to defend ourselves. When the war was over, they came back to "reclaim" Malaya. What?! Ha!
Ginnie Hart: (sigh) History is not always what we want it to be, I'm afraid, LC!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 11 Aug 2017, 23:23
Great stuff. The museum provided wonderful light that adds a feeling of mystery to the shot.

So, old Hitler helped the Dutch to their feet, by taking their bicycles away.
Ginnie Hart: That level of the museum was all about the Jews in the Netherlands during WWII, Louis, so it was quite sobering.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 12 Aug 2017, 03:40
Magnifique lumière sur ce vieux vélo
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Martine.
Fabulous light here, Ginnie... And nice capture... Brings out the history behind it perfectly...
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Sudipto.
Exquisite and oh so very powerful.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Robin. I had to let it all sink in while standing there!
joli clair obscur!! amitiés
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
  • Marie Le Corre
  • France
  • 12 Aug 2017, 17:14
C'est une photo magnifique Ginnie, qui vaut largement 5 étoiles. Félicitations pour la gestion de la lumière.
Ginnie Hart: Most kind of you, Marie. Thank you!
A shadow of history...
Ginnie Hart: Well said, Larry.
loved that lighting smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Joshi.
  • CherryPie
  • United Kingdom
  • 12 Aug 2017, 23:39
Lovely image. The story is so sad..
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Cherry...and I know!
they were very basic bicycles built during the war Ginnie...
love the shadows....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: Very basic, indeed, Peter. They got the job done! Thanks.

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