Ahhh, the glorious and almighty Netherlands! One of the great things about living in a country with such a rich history is seeing the evidence every day: walking the streets divided by canals, visiting houses constructed hundreds of years ago, and walking cobblestones worn down by time.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could relive the days of yonder-year past? Well, thanks to a video dug up by Twitter user Ben Coates we can! Come with us as we take you by the hand and journey back into time to 1950s Netherlands — in all it’s black-and-white vintage glory.
This Disney-vibe video was produced by NATO and filmed back when there were just 11 provinces and Queen Juliana ruled the land. It’s a time when factory work was king, and the country spent ten times more on defence than they do today.
Unexpected highlights of the video include seeing binoculars and lightbulbs being made, Queen Juliana’s ultra-weird wave, and cheese — looots of Dutch cheese.
Our favourite part? “It is for these new generations, for a population that is increasing so much faster than anywhere else in Europe, that so many new homes are being built.” They didn’t quite do it well enough did they? But, you know, we guess we can forgive them.
This is wonderful – a film made in the early 1950s by NATO, with the intention of introducing the Netherlands to other countries it had recently joined in the alliance.https://t.co/xmUypUt2nf
— Ben Coates (@bencoates1) September 20, 2019
You’ll want to watch it all the way to the end to see exactly how the Netherlands stole land back from the sea — it’s impressive!
Alright, alright, we’re a little bit proud of this nation. But we’re not crying, you’re crying.
What was your favourite part of the video? Let us know in the comments below!
Feature Image: a_roesler/Pixabay
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in September 2019, and was fully updated in October 2020 for your reading pleasure.