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.

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

#8 The intersection of Lindengracht and Lijnbaansgracht.

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

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

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

#22 Portrait of a woman walking over the Prinsengracht.

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

#28 Waalseilandsgracht seen from the Prince Hendrikkade.

#39 Lijnbaansgracht, corner Reguliersgracht, 12 March 1899

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