Vintage: Everyday Life in Belgium (1900s)

Vintage: Everyday Life in Belgium (1900s)


Belgium was one of the first countries to experience an Industrial Revolution, which brought prosperity in the 19th century but also opened a political dichotomy between liberal businessmen and socialist workers. The king set up his own private colonial empire in the Belgian Congo, which the government took over after a major scandal in 1908. Belgium was neutral but its strategic location as a pathway to France made it an invasion target for Germany in 1914 and 1940.

Market place in Knokke Heist, 1906

Market place in Knokke Heist, 1906

Market place in Knokke Heist, 1906

Market place in Knokke Heist, 1906

Milking cows, Knokke-Heist, 1906

Milking cows, Knokke-Heist, 1906

Ostend harbour in 1900

Ostend harbour in 1900

At Belgian seaside resort, July 1907

At Belgian seaside resort, July 1907

Ostend harbour in March 1904

Ostend harbour in March 1904

People near the beach in Ostend, 1904

People near the beach in Ostend, 1904

Ships at Ostend habour, 1906

Ships at Ostend habour, 1906

Ships at Ostend habour, 1907

Ships at Ostend habour, 1907

Square Marguerite, Brussels, ca. 1900s

Square Marguerite, Brussels, ca. 1900s

At the beach in Blankenberge, 1907

At the beach in Blankenberge, 1907

Street in Blankenberge, Belgium, 1907

Street in Blankenberge, Belgium, 1907

The Grand Place in Mons, 1906

The Grand Place in Mons, 1906

The royal guard at the Porte de Namur, Brussels, 1907

The royal guard at the Porte de Namur, Brussels, 1907

Wind-Mühle in Knokke-Le Zoute in 1904

Wind-Mühle in Knokke-Le Zoute in 1904

Belgian people on horse wagon in 1907

Belgian people on horse wagon in 1907

Boats and ships in Bruges, 1907

Boats and ships in Bruges, 1907

Brick-yard at Brussels in 1907

Brick-yard at Brussels in 1907

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