Sunday, June 12, 2011

More Madurodam, August 1964

Here are a few more images from Maduordam! For those of you who have missed the previous Madurodam posts (or just weren't paying attention): "Madurodam is a miniature city located in Scheveningen, The Hague. It is a model of a Dutch town on a 1:25 scale, composed of typical Dutch buildings and landmarks, as are found at various locations in the country."

I'll bet that small children especially loved the feeling of being giants in a lilliputian land. You can really see the level of detail here. The little girl is contemplating putting her money into the machine, which would apparently make the tiny carts on the oval track go 'round and 'round.

I would have been hunkered down just like that kid, the better to pretend that I was riding that itty-bitty carousel.

This is the place to be if you need a miniscule refrigerator, washing machine, oven, or maybe some pots and pans. Notice the "cobblestone" sidewalks.

And finally (for this lot), a bus is parked near the train tracks, with fine dark blue passenger train rumbling by. In the distance, an exciting (ha ha) fútbol game is in progress.


Chuck said...

I love side trips to Madurodam.

I am amazed at the lack of barriers between guests and the models. The little girl is RIGHT IN THE STREET, for heaven's sake! What were their lawyers thinking? Didn't these people know that miniatures can KILL??!!

TokyoMagic! said...

Love that little amusement park. I was looking back at your previously posted 1955 pic of the amusement park. The Carousel, Swings and that circular bobsled type ride were all there, but they've been moved around and it looks like some things have been added and taken away. I'd love to see this place in person. I wonder if it's still as nice as it appears in these pics?

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

I want to be shrunk down and live in this little land, its so clean and perfect - except for the gargantuan 6 year old girl...

JG said...

Notice how the Disney version solves two problems simultaneously.

Putting the visitors in the boats prevents them from walking around in the models and destroying the scale, while keeping the crowd moving...

...and puts them at eye level with the little buildings so they can see more than the roofs.

Very innovative, but it keeps me from lingering forever.