A trip to the Netherlands

During late 50ies, probably 1958, my father, his brother Börje (who at that time was co-owner of the car) and their parents, Oscar and Annie made a trip to the Netherlands. Here are the scans of that photo album. Maybe it's a bit too personal but I think the album is so fantastic so I decided to show it anyway, not only the pictures of the car.

Mercedes-Benz 219 Ponton on its way to Brussels

Ponton star on the way to Brussels

Around Zuiderzee, Amsterdam and Rijksmuseum.

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  • Mercedes-Benz 219 parked around Zuiderzee for a break
  • Visit to Amsterdam, my father to the right and his parents Oscar and Annie to his left
  • My father's brother, Börje, at Zuiderzee

Kalverstraat in Amsterdam.

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More from Amsterdam, my grandfather Oscar looking out over the crovded marketplace and a female orchestra walking the streets.

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On the way to "Den Haag" and Scheveningen.

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  • Mercedes-Benz 219 parked on the way to
  • Annie, my father and his brother and Oscar enjoying coffee in front of the MB219

Scheveningen, according to Wikipedia "a modern seaside resort with a long, sandy beach, an esplanade, a pier, and a lighthouse. The beach is popular for water sports such as windsurfing and kiteboarding". I suppose the family didn't do much windsurfing or kiteboarding though....

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Haag and Rotterdam.

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And again...

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Haag. Note the student cap on the trunk lid! Based on the text in the album they were obviously "impressed" by the old prison cell with old style, original torture equipment.

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And here on the way to Brussels.

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  • The Ponton on its way to Brussels with the family
  • The Ponton on its way to Brussels with the family

Some sort of exhibition in Brussels.

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"The russian exhibition" and Manneken Pis.

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There is obviously a Madonna hanging on the wall, and everyone passing her is touching her feet. Gives luck!

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Passing several bridges until they arrive to Arnhem.

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  • The Ponton on its way to Arnhem, passing another bridget
  • The 219 parked with my grandfather Oscar outside. Locking it?

Börje, who wrote text was a bit annoyed by difficulties getting a beer. Reason unknown.

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And here a short recap of the battles around the city during the second world war.

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  • Ponton, Annie, Börje and Oscar in Arnhem
  • Ponton, Annie, Börje and Oscar visiting Arnhem

After leaving Arnhem they stayed in a place close to the border, named something like "Lette Obenzaal", I can't read the  name clearly. If anyone know the place, please let me know! They were veeerrry satisified with the service there.

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My grandmother enjoyed the breakfast in the garden, "This is how it always should be!".

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Next day they pass the border between the Netherlands and Germany.

Mercedes-Benz 219 W105 on the border between the Netherlands and Germany

Mercedes-Benz 219 W105 on the border between the Netherlands and Germany

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  • My father in discussion with the border police, Ponton in background
  • My father in discussion with the border police, Mercedes in background

Fascinating Ponton drive through the forest. Was like driving in a tunnel even though it was a sunny day. They had to turn on the lights on the car! Next stop was Bremen.

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  • A fascinating drive with the Ponton through a leaf tunnel on their way to Bremen

Then the trip continued to Denmark (Jylland) via Hamburg. During the trip they had an issue with butter melting in the trunk. Well a black car and a warm, sunny day. How can you prevent that from happening.

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  • On their way to Denmark from Hamburg they experienced the downside of having a black car in summer, the butter melted laying in the trunk....

Not clear to me but I think the first picture gives an idea of the butter accident. Next picture is taken while entering Denmark from Germany, waiting for the Korsö-ferry at Nyborg.

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  • Waiting in line with the 219 for the Korsö-ferry at Nyborg

Tired family on the ferry.

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  • Enjoying the ferry trip from Nyborg to Korsö
  • My father in his environment, at sea...

"The last picture" and "melancholy" on Själland. "Home-coming around 14 July". And then some content pages which are of less interest for us "Pontoners".

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Fascinating Mercedes-Benz Ponton drive through the forest

Fascinating Mercedes-Benz Ponton drive through the forest