Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Mystery photo of well-dressed boys

Here's a single black-and-white snapshot I came across that has no dates or documentation whatsoever.

My best guess is that the photo was taken in Amsterdam sometime in the middle of the 20th century.

Here's a closeup of the four boys:

Why Amsterdam? For me, the obvious tip-offs are the canal in front of the boys and the clogs. Notice that at least one of the boys is wearing clogs. Also, notice the clogs sitting by the one doorway:

Anyone have any thoughts and/or insights to add?


  1. does not look like it is a normal outfit, it would probably be a sundays outfit (chruch). (I'm not from Amsterdam but nearby, so I only know my regional clothing). I would date the picture 1880 -1910.