When I visited Leeuwarden with my mom last month, I noticed how many beautiful historic facades the city has. And not only that, but also a lot of historical typography and advertisements on the walls of buildings from stores that used to be. For fans of this type of art, the centre of this city is really amazing. I was also lucky that I was discovering all this with my mom who is born and raised in this city and still knows a lot about what the city used to look like back in the day. When you see some old typograpghy do you also often wonder: “This is so beautiful. Is it really that old and what does it mean?”
My mom could actually tell me if it was really that old and original. And for this blog she helped me with some extra info if she had any. You can read it below the pics.
These are just a few examples of all the pretty stuff Leeuwarden has to offer just by looking up and around. I think we did not even saw half of everything that is still there, but the rest is for next time. For everyone who wants to know: the introduction picture for this blog was made on the Eewal. We do not have any more information on this word ‘textiel’. Do you?
Did you know A guide to Leeuwarden hosts free walking tours through Leeuwarden every Friday and Saturday? One of the themes is streetart and in this streetart tour there’s also special attention to vintage wall advertisements. We will definately take this tour someday.
We visited Leeuwarden by train and even if you did not arrive via train, the historic main station is definately worth a look. The vintage tiles in the main building are really beautiful. The station was built in 1864 and 1904.
What is your favourite vintage wall advertisement or typography in Leeuwarden? Let us know below this blogpost.