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Tinkerbell

Can you tell who/what this lady is?

Almost every Friday afternoon, here on our street in Amsterdam, the organ grinder comes and stops outside our apartment building for the shops below.  As soon as I hear him, I open up the windows and take pics from our 1st floor windows (2nd floor for my American friends!). 

This fine young lady taps her bell in time with whatever music is playing, while the grinder keeps time by rattling his coins in his copper tin.  I zoom in on them from up above and throw him a coin. 

Here's looking at you, Babe.

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


Tinkerbell

Can you tell who/what this lady is?

Almost every Friday afternoon, here on our street in Amsterdam, the organ grinder comes and stops outside our apartment building for the shops below.  As soon as I hear him, I open up the windows and take pics from our 1st floor windows (2nd floor for my American friends!). 

This fine young lady taps her bell in time with whatever music is playing, while the grinder keeps time by rattling his coins in his copper tin.  I zoom in on them from up above and throw him a coin. 

Here's looking at you, Babe.

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


comments (27)

  • Martin
  • Houston
  • 31 Aug 2007, 00:24
And a morose -looking Tinkerbell too! It is amusing that Amsterdam still has organ grinders. I haven't seen one in years.
Ginnie Hart: I think she's having to concentrate, Martin, on her tinking! smile

I actually was quite surprised to see organ grinders here as well. For the tourists, no doubt. I've seen 2 of them thus far. Thanks.
Ginnie, good capture here
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, S/S!
Another interesting glimpse into Amsterdam life. Thanks, Ginnie. Really lovely pastel colors.
Ginnie Hart: I loved the pastels, too, Red Pen. Thanks.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 31 Aug 2007, 01:18
Wonderful!
You've got to love the thigh tat...very contemporary!
Ginnie Hart: I know, Ray. grin Thanks.
Love this one, Ginnie. Colour!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Mary. Lots of pastels. Thanks.
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 31 Aug 2007, 02:46
Wow, this looks like something you'd find in a fairy tale...very magical. I love this image, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Aww. I hadn't thought of that, Kay, but you're right. Thanks. smile
  • Judy from Sunny Southern California
  • United States
  • 31 Aug 2007, 05:24
Ginnie - Told you that organ grinder would be back once he knew you were watching and catching pics AND if you throw him a coin too - no wonder he's a regular. Love this shot! (Like your new format as well)
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Judy, he's been back several times, and now I have my coins ready for him. I guess money really DOES talk. smile
  • Scarlet
  • Holland
  • 31 Aug 2007, 06:23
I wouldn't be too happy looking either if I had to dress that way in our weather. BTW They're really noisy. Shopkeepers sometimes pay them so they move away!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, they're noisy--you can hear them coming from a long way away. But they don't stay that long, so I've never minded. Thanks, Scarlet.
  • Gale
  • Cape of Storms
  • 31 Aug 2007, 06:45
What a lovely picture. love the detail and colour of the subject
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Gale.
Maybe street organ is a better word here. I am glad they are still here; the music is often quite good: nice arrangements. You picked a good detail!
Ginnie Hart: Street organ is probably a better term, Wim, you're right...since the man doesn't really grind anything. It's all done mechanically now! Thanks.
  • Flo
  • 31 Aug 2007, 07:34
That's nice Ginnie and I guess the music too. I love the pastel colours here...
Ginnie Hart: I LOVE this type of music, Flo. Puts you in a dancing mood. grin Thanks.
Lovely detail superbly captured. Keep 'em coming!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, William. Thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany, Münster
  • 31 Aug 2007, 08:10
Oh yes, Amsterdam is famous for the wonderful ornated an big streetorgans, when you are leaving the Central Station towards the Damrak you can see and hear one organ, and hearing this music I remember my childhood in Berlin when the barrel-organ-people came through the streets and backyards ... You have picked a fine detail, a fulbosomed lady, joy of life pur, and I can hear her bell!
Ginnie Hart: So glad to have your added memory, Philine. That's what makes my pics more special to me, when they elicit this kind of comment. Thank you kindly, once again!
  • david
  • London
  • 31 Aug 2007, 08:12
it always amazed me the detail these old trades used to go to to attract in the customers. a fine shot.
Ginnie Hart: I agree, David. Thanks for your kind comment.
Amsterdam tourist board cannnot do a better job than you do in detailing the city.
Ginnie Hart: Kinder words were never spoken, Shakara. Thank you!
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 31 Aug 2007, 10:27
It looks to me as if she is afraid she'll miss the bell if she doesn't concentrate very hard. I imagine this streetorgan must be worth a pretty penny (sorry to be the American thinking value). The craft is exquisite. It must be SO fun to listen to this and watch. I want to visit you and Donica!!
Ginnie Hart: I want you to visit us, too, Ruth. WHEN???

I totally agree about this street organ. It's a beauty to behold AND to hear. Thanks.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 31 Aug 2007, 10:43
Very nice detail, Ginnie, those street organs are handmade and handpainted, worth indeed a pretty penny, it's to bad though that they don't 'grind' it by hand anymore, but this picture is a very nice advertisiment to see and HEAR Amsterdam smile
Ginnie Hart: Yes to everything you have written, Astrid. I LOVE your country! Thanks.
The colour is really great int his photograph. I love these old hurdy-grurdy machines, too. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: As you can see, Roz, this machine totally fascinates me! Thanks.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 31 Aug 2007, 11:17
Hi Ginnie the pastel colour are great and the music what comes out of these machines is magical along with your tinkerbell. Have a productive weekend smile
Ginnie Hart: The whole thing is very magical to me, Tracy. Thanks.
  • Roger
  • USA
  • 31 Aug 2007, 12:16
Ok you tell a story of a organ grinder but where is the monkey?
Ginnie Hart: HA! No monkey was anywhere to be found, Roger. Too bad. I guess they are in the unemployment line now that these machines have gone mechanical on them! smile Thanks.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 31 Aug 2007, 13:13
Those beefy arms are a worry. Love this, the colours are perfect
Ginnie Hart: Well said, Aussie. grin Thanks.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 31 Aug 2007, 13:53
Tinkerbell would be insulted by this robust, tatoeed, voloptious chick trying to take her place. So let's call this one Belltinker.

Some things in life is amazing - I have always wondered how the heck does an organ grinder make a living from his street organ. And in general they are very well maintained. There must be a government subsidy or something.

Great shot and composition.
Ginnie Hart: Belltinker she is, Louis! If only I had thought of that first!!!

My sense is that this is a hobby for the guy. You never know, right? A nice little money-maker on the side. That sounds like something I should do. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany, Münster
  • 31 Aug 2007, 18:25
Who is interested in Dutch streetorgans, can visit the streetorganmuseum in Haarlem:
website: http://www.draaiorgelmuseum.org/ The site is also available in English. You can listen to mp3 files of streetorgan music here. Open: Sunday afternoon 11 am -18 pm.
Address: Kuppersweg 3
Ginnie Hart: You have been such a delightful fountain of joy for me, Philine, with all the info you are able to find and add to my posts. I am so loving your wonderful input. Thank you so much. I hope you don't stop!!

I think you are someone I would like to meet some day! smile
Nice image, there is a mobile organ that has been restored locally and appears at local evenets with a similar figure on it. Well seen.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Les. I liked the link Philine gave to the museum in Haarlem. Some real beauts there. I just may have to go visit them some day!
I like your framing and the colours....and a good story to follow smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Aksel. She was fun to capture from upstairs. smile
Hi Ginnie !
I've to catch up my late...
This is a really nice and colorful shot !
Ginnie Hart: HA! You amaze me, Zeb, when you catch up. You are so good. Thanks.
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Sep 2011, 08:17
Great image Ginnie! I remember having a fantastic day at http://www.museumspeelklok.nl/ in Holland. The street organs and clocks were just wonderful to see and hear.
Ginnie Hart: Oh, how fun, Anne, that you came back to this post...the day Astrid and I met on Shutterchance...and now are married. grin It still amazes me. I guess this means you must have read my Vision & Verb post from yesterday?
http://www.visionandverb.com/at-home/2011/9/12/collaboration.html

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