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Toy Block


This is a week's series of images from Amstelveen, a suburb of Amsterdam,
when I visited there with a friend on December 11, 2007.

My friend said this is a very old-timey tram sign from days gone by!
I believe it.  It reminds me of vintage
toy blocks.

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


Toy Block


This is a week's series of images from Amstelveen, a suburb of Amsterdam,
when I visited there with a friend on December 11, 2007.

My friend said this is a very old-timey tram sign from days gone by!
I believe it.  It reminds me of vintage
toy blocks.

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


comments (38)

You're right - it looks a bit like the wooden blocks I remember from my youth.
Ginnie Hart: Isn't it funny what things remind us of, Red Pen! smile Thanks.
  • Tracy
  • Stoke on Trent UK
  • 23 Jan 2008, 00:26
Your friend and you saw so much Ginnie and I am so glad you are showing your day through your camera's eye.smilesmile
The DOF is well worked with this shot. Most of all I love how the tiles on the roof cordinate with the sign.

Hartelijke groeten....

Are you proud of me I am learningtonguetongue
Ginnie Hart: I am SOOOOO proud of you, Tracy, YES. Both of us. We're learning Dutch! grin (But we have a long way to go to catch up with Astrid and her English, I'm afraid! sad ) Thanks, as always.
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 23 Jan 2008, 00:57
It looks old and weather beaten. Nice!
Ginnie Hart: It sure does, Martin. Don't break a leg this weekend!
I think it makes my heart melt Ginnie! I can't wait to meet up again and go on another photo hunt together!
Ginnie Hart: Wouldn't that be fun, ET. Just think the stories we'd have to show through our images! Thanks for coming back to SC!! Your photos are fabulous for this site.
Nice composition, Ginnie! You do travel quite a lot. No shortage of subjects smile
Ginnie Hart: Never any shortage of subjects, for sure, Bisola! smile I'm so lucky. Thanks.
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands....not raining!!!!!!
  • 23 Jan 2008, 04:46
Ginnie, this is a wonderfull capture of 'old' times in Amsterdam, I did some googling I was kind of anxiuos where you have been that day, it is in Dutch but there are some old pics of 'a tram', it is still in use for tourists visiting Amsterdam. I love your link too, it is almost, 'toy-town' great use of DOF here and the weather beaten pole does it for me. (Tracy aren't we all learning here?? smilehttp://www.museumtram.nl/Nieuws/0509.htm
Ginnie Hart: Geweldig bedankt, mijn vriend, voor de link! HA! I probably didn't say that right but you know what I mean. smile It was so fun to find something old-timey like this. I had no idea, of course, until it was brought to my attention.

Now I'm off for the day...to do some more gallivanting. I love to get around, you know!
  • rags
  • United States
  • 23 Jan 2008, 05:11
thats a cool piece of history that you have captured there. Great job! p/s thanks for checking my site out.
Ginnie Hart: It was so fun to have it pointed out, Kanyi, because I had no clue! Thanks.
magnifique ta photo!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, O-P. Thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 23 Jan 2008, 06:50
What a camera-oog can detect all and 'vasthouden'! Never I saw such a old timey 'tramhalte' like that-very informative, self the direction of the tram is mentionned! I like the old trams in all cities I have been- especially their 'muziek" when curving around a corner!
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Philine. I can hear and see it with you. Wouldn't we love to take a ride on THIS tram! Bedankt!
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 Jan 2008, 08:03
I like the bold composition Ginnie and the contrast of the colours. Looks like an antique!
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Ingrid. That's precisely what it felt like to me. Thanks.
  • Shakara
  • England
  • 23 Jan 2008, 08:15
Nice one Ginnie ..
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Shakara.
In the thumbnail, I saw the big H and thought it was the HaRT MAILBOX.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Now THAT I like very much, Mary! Good idea. smile Thanks.
This certainly is an old sign. But it is a stop of the "Museumlijn"; so not to wonder.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Wim. Precies! Bedankt.
Very nice composition Ginnie. I like the side lighting and the tones. "H" for halte and not for hospital I presume!!!
Ginnie Hart: HA! H for Halte, yes, and NOT for Hospital. Good one. smile Thanks.
  • Gale
  • Cape of Storms
  • 23 Jan 2008, 09:15
How good is your dutch.. should be pretty good by now.
Great find Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Well, Gale, I'm afraid it's not that good but I'm learning something new every day, which IS good. Bedankt. smile
another nice one Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Gishan!
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 23 Jan 2008, 10:32
I doubt I would ever have thought to shoot this image, Ginnie. I am very glad you did, though, because it has taught me yet another useful lesson...almost everything is photoworthy if the photographer puts in the effort to compose it well.
Ginnie Hart: Your words always make my day, Ray. Thank you kindly!!!
  • 10cré
  • France
  • 23 Jan 2008, 11:33
Toujours aussi bonnes les photo chez toi ;-)
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, 10cré, for your kind comment.
  • Roger
  • United States
  • 23 Jan 2008, 11:51
Looks old. Cool sign.
Ginnie Hart: Maybe even older than your firetruck, Roger?! smile Thanks.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 23 Jan 2008, 11:58
Verrekkes oud. 't lijk me wel of Amstelveen aan de achterkant van nederland is.

Very old. It seems to me that Amstelveen finds itself on the backside of holland. (translation - not official and approved)

Just a thought - when mixing with the dutchies you would have learnt about 'alsteblieft'. Did you? smile

Great picture and definitely not standard tourist stuff.
Ginnie Hart: Alsteblieft AND alsJEblieft. Oh yes, Louis. I'm learning something new every day, even from YOU, of all people (so far away from Holland). Alsjeblieft! I'm loving this country and language, though I must say it's easier to write it than speak it! sad
Hi Ginnie,Surpisingly old sign? Is that still in use... thats also new to me. but you pictured this , so it must be...;0)

We all-3 feel better ( in health) again, because of the use of... 'see my blog'thanks for visiting my blog
joAnnsmile
Ginnie Hart: I don't know if the museum line still runs, JoAnn, but at least the sign has remained. I love it. Thanks. So glad you're all feeling better.
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 23 Jan 2008, 12:34
Very very cool old sign, I love it. And the image is so lovely with the DoF. That blue sky and red tiled roof echoing the colors in the sign make a sweet composition.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear sister. It felt like a treasure found!
  • Dotun
  • Md, USA
  • 23 Jan 2008, 14:43
nice shot, the color, framing and compostion score very top points.
Ginnie Hart: You always know how to make my day, Dotun. smile
  • Reza
  • Canada
  • 23 Jan 2008, 16:37
Very nice indeede. I like the focusing here.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Reza.
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Jan 2008, 16:47
It's a really handy shape for a sign, can be seen from several directions, not like the flat ones.
I like the way it leans slightly downhill, as if the arrow really is directional
Ginnie Hart: Only you would think of the tilt and the arrow, Ellie. smile In my next photo, this very same sign does look flat, as you say, so I'm glad I could show the true perspective here first. Thanks.
I can see why this reminds you of old building blocks - it is something about the print, I think. It reminds me of the old tin-plate toys, too. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Roz. So glad you see it, too. smile Thanks.
  • blackdog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 Jan 2008, 18:09
Nice composition with the red roof in the backgroud and good light on your subject.
Ginnie Hart: It was a very nice day for this kind of photo, Mike. Thanks.
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 23 Jan 2008, 19:02
This is a unique sign. Ginnie. Nicely found and photographed. When I was in Holland, I did not see anything like this.
Ginnie Hart: I've been here for almost a year now, Kathryn, and have seen it only this once. So I guess we can safely say it's not out there in your face! smile Thanks.
  • Bill Phillips
  • Droitwich..even saw a bit of sun today
  • 23 Jan 2008, 20:36
Wooden toys and bricks seem popular again these days. This is a great old sign.
Ginnie Hart: I sure hope so, Bill. They SHOULD be popular, IMHO. Thanks.
  • MAYSAM
  • iran
  • 23 Jan 2008, 20:45
very nice and select the best veiw
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, MaySam, for stopping by and commenting.
  • clarence
  • United States
  • 23 Jan 2008, 20:50
Hello Ginnie, Roger would love the rust on that pole!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, he would, Clarence. How right you are! smile Thanks.
Missed you.
Ginnie Hart: Where have you been!!!! Write me and catch me up on you, Man!
  • Scarlet
  • Netherlands
  • 23 Jan 2008, 21:27
Yes this is a very old sign Ginnie. What a great find.
Ginnie Hart: So, have you seen it, Scarlet? It must not be that far away from where you work!
  • Chris
  • Isle of Wight (UK)
  • 23 Jan 2008, 22:25
I'm glad this lovely old sign is not covered in graffiti Ginnie smile it would be here sad
Ginnie Hart: The sign was fairly high up off the ground, Chris, but you're right. I hadn't even thought of that.
I had an old Bako building set when I was young and can see the resemblance, well seen Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Les. smile Thanks.
I remember this model from the time I was a child. Thank you very much for this youth souvenir, so well captured!
Ginnie Hart: Awwww. So you have the memories, Erik. I like that.
Nicely done and interresting too. I'm very fond of these kind of signs !
Ginnie Hart: Me, too, Zeb. Thanks.
Very nice colors and framing.

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