Give me your farmers!

Liberas preserves a remarkable photo album with amateur photography from the late 19th century. The album comes from the Ghent family Cordy-Vernieuwe, although little or nothing is known about its origins. The photographer, a highly skilled amateur, remains unknown. Notations date the album in 1897-1898.

Browsing though its 80 or so photographs guarantees a fascinating, often highly nostalgic, experience. The photographer shows us images of Ghent in an era when cars were still a futuristic dream, but also took his camera on day trips to Zeeland. The latter are particularly interesting, as they offer views from cities like Terneuzen, Vlissingen (aka Flushing) and Zierikzee, and shed some light on the tourism of the day.