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Amsterdam in the 1890s: Spectacular Historical Photos Documenting Street Life of Old Amsterdam in late-19th Century

During the late-19th century, Amsterdam prospered, and the population increased. The Industrial Revolution is mainly responsible for this development, which prompted the New Golden Age. The city expanded beyond the Singelgracht. New museums, Centraal Station, Concertgebouw, and Working-class neighborhoods were also built-in large numbers to accommodate the workers and laborers.

In 1876, the North Sea Canal, a massive new west-to-sea channel, was completed; new docks and warehouses were constructed along the waterfront; and, in 1889, the city’s new rail hub, Central Station, was built on an artificial island in the IJ north of the city center.

It was common to see fights between the police and the socialists every week in the 1880s and 1890s. In 1886, the Palingoproer (eel riots) took place. The army killed 26 demonstrators after the police could not control a riotous crowd of men watching an outlawed eel-pulling game.

#1 Amstel, 1 April 1894

Amstel, 1 April 1894

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#2 A street vendor on the Rokin.

A street vendor on the Rokin.

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#3 The Kolkje and Oudezijds Achterburgwal.

The Kolkje and Oudezijds Achterburgwal.

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#4 A view of the Rokin.

A view of the Rokin.

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#5 Children play in an alley.

Children play in an alley.

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#6 Four young women on the street in the Runstraat.

Four young women on the street in the Runstraat.

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#7 Workers at the construction site of the Municipal Bath and Swimming Facility at the Heiligeweg.

Workers at the construction site of the Municipal Bath and Swimming Facility at the Heiligeweg.

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#8 The intersection of Lindengracht and Lijnbaansgracht.

The intersection of Lindengracht and Lijnbaansgracht.

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#9 View of the Prinsengracht at the bridge over the Leidsegracht.

View of the Prinsengracht at the bridge over the Leidsegracht.

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#10 Workers on the Van Diemenstraat.

Workers on the Van Diemenstraat.

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#11 A view of the Dam.

A view of the Dam.

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#12 Children play in a sand dump near Prince Island.

Children play in a sand dump near Prince Island.

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#13 A carriage on the Dam.

A carriage on the Dam.

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#14 Blacksmiths work on shoeing a horse.

Blacksmiths work on shoeing a horse.

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#15 View of the Torensluis Bridge over the Singel Canal.

View of the Torensluis Bridge over the Singel Canal.

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#16 A cyclist on the Prinsengracht.

A cyclist on the Prinsengracht.

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#17 A snowy view of the Damrak.

A snowy view of the Damrak.

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#18 A cart dog takes a rest.

A cart dog takes a rest.

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#19 A carriage on the Leidseplein.

A carriage on the Leidseplein.

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#20 Children play near the entrance to Breitner’s studio on Prince Island.

Children play near the entrance to Breitner's studio on Prince Island.

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#21 A girl crosses a bridge on Prince Island.

A girl crosses a bridge on Prince Island.

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#22 Portrait of a woman walking over the Prinsengracht.

Portrait of a woman walking over the Prinsengracht.

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#23 View of the Singel on a rainy day.

View of the Singel on a rainy day.

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#24 A woman on the Spui.

A woman on the Spui.

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#25 A view of the Raadhuisstraat.

A view of the Raadhuisstraat.

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#26 View of a canal.

View of a canal.

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#27 View of Gasthuismolensteeg on the corner of the Herengracht.

View of Gasthuismolensteeg on the corner of the Herengracht.

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#28 Waalseilandsgracht seen from the Prince Hendrikkade.

Waalseilandsgracht seen from the Prince Hendrikkade.

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#29 Grote Houtstraat, 21 September 1894

Grote Houtstraat, 21 September 1894

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#30 Utrechtsestraat, 20 June 1898

Utrechtsestraat, 20 June 1898

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#31 Dam Square, 1890

Dam Square, 1890

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#32 Dam Square, 1890

Dam Square, 1890

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#33 Frederiksplein, 1891

Frederiksplein, 1891

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#34 Gebed Zonder End, 1892

Gebed Zonder End, 1892

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#35 Geldersekade, 1890

Geldersekade, 1890

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#36 Herengracht, 30 March 1894

Herengracht, 30 March 1894

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#37 Jan Luijkenstraat, 4 June 1898

Jan Luijkenstraat, 4 June 1898

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#38 Koninginneweg, September 1893

Koninginneweg, September 1893

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#39 Lijnbaansgracht, corner Reguliersgracht, 12 March 1899

Lijnbaansgracht, corner Reguliersgracht, 12 March 1899

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#40 Nassaukade, 1890

Nassaukade, 1890

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#41 Nicolaas Witsenkade, 1891

Nicolaas Witsenkade, 1891

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#42 Nieuwe Teertuinen with Sloterdijkerbrug ,1890

Nieuwe Teertuinen with Sloterdijkerbrug ,1890

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#43 Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal, 6 October 1897

Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal, 6 October 1897

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#44 Noordermarkt, 30 October 1896

Noordermarkt, 30 October 1896

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#45 Oosteinde, 1890

Oosteinde, 1890

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#46 Paulus Potterstraat, 8 November 1897

Paulus Potterstraat, 8 November 1897

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#47 Plantage Middenlaan, 24 May 1895

Plantage Middenlaan, 24 May 1895

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#48 Prins Hendrikkade, 30 June 1897

Prins Hendrikkade, 30 June 1897

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#49 Reguliersbreestraat, 17 October 1899

Reguliersbreestraat, 17 October 1899

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#50 Roemer Visscherstraat, 9 May 1895

Roemer Visscherstraat, 9 May 1895

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#51 Spuistraat, 10 July 1896

Spuistraat, 10 July 1896

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#52 Utrechtsestraat Street, 1893

Utrechtsestraat Street, 1893

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#53 Utrechtsestraat, 7 July 1897

Utrechtsestraat, 7 July 1897

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#54 Veemarkt, 1890

Veemarkt, 1890

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#55 Weteringcircuit , 20 July 1898

Weteringcircuit , 20 July 1898

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#56 Geldersekade and Geldersche quay.

Geldersekade and Geldersche quay.

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