Another one on the “Play” part of our Work and Play theme for this month – a little late, but better late than never, right? I know I posted a class photo from Doede Jaarsma’s technical school before (here), so this is likely the same class on a day trip to one of the islands off the northern coast of Holland. The back of the photo simply says, “Day Trip, Douglas,” so that helps narrow down who at least. In this photo, I believe Douglas (Doede) is in the next to last row, second in from the left, sitting next to the older gentleman who is likely their chaperone or teacher. They’re sitting on what appears to be a beach dune in front of some sort of observation tower or lighthouse, and if I were a betting woman, I’d bet it was the North Tower on Schiermonnikoog because it looks a lot like it, though the extra tower behind the lighthouse is gone now. I actually found another old photo on Flickr showing the tower, so I’m pretty sure I have my location! Doede was born in 1911, so if he’s about 13 in this photo, it was taken in the mid 1920s. Neat to have finally figured out the location, and it’s probably a safe bet that the boys in that photo were enjoying a good bit of play on the beach on their day trip away from school.
EDIT: There’s actually a great image here showing the extra side tower.