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A dying cancer patient who worked at a Dutch zoo returned to say goodbye on Wednesday. Lying in a hospital bed placed in the giraffe habitat at Rotterdam’s Diergaarde Blijdorp, the 54-year-old man, identified as only Mario, waited for the animals to approach.In an image now breaking the Internet’s heart, one giraffe appears to understand the moment, kissing Mario.

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“You could see him totally light up,” said Kees Veldboer, founder and director of Ambulance Wish Foundation, which arranged the farewell. “It’s very special to see that those animals recognize him, and sense that he isn’t doing well,” he told Rotterdam newspaper Algemeen Dagblad.

Mario, who has a mental disability, spent nearly his entire life as a maintenance man at the zoo, according to the paper.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/20/giraffe-touching-goodbye-photo_n_5001631.html

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After the touching encounter, he then bid farewell to his colleagues, the charity reported.

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March 25, 2014 Posted by | cats/dogs/goats/bears/whatever | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Amsterdam – Image Gallery

Via: First Time User

‘Street organ with dancing children. Amsterdam, 1950s’

photo by Henk Jonker

See more photos, HERE:

http://firsttimeuser.tumblr.com/tagged/Amsterdam

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YouTube: ‘Amsterdam Music Machine’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-mWrHgLNZQ

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A somewhat related post:

‘Our ’55 Christmas Card was taken at . . .’

http://jonsfamily.wordpress.com/2009/05/05/our-55-christmas-card-was-taken-at/

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NOTE: I don’t recall Dancin’ in the Street; but the sound of the organ going by our house, I will NEVER forget!

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October 30, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ben van Meerendonk – Image Gallery

Via: First Time User

‘Mist in Amsterdam’, Keizersgracht, 1948

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http://firsttimeuser.tumblr.com/tagged/Ben-Meerendonk

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Via: wikipedia / Google Translate (hey, sometimes it works, and sometimes . . .)

Ben Meerendonk ( Amsterdam , 20 July 1913 – there, 13 January 2008 ) was a Dutch photojournalist.

Meerendonk followed several years of technical school, but was not suitable for furniture.

He was fifteen year old boy walking in the United Fotobureaux , and so he learned photography.

Late thirties, he worked at the General Dutch Fotopersbureau of Sem Presser. During the Second World War he was prohibited from exercising his profession.

After the war, Van Meerendonk in 1945 the General Dutch Fotopersbureau(AHF) on.

He photographed mainly in the forties , fifty and sixty, and delivered through its AHF to the newspapers The Guardian , The Time, The Truth, The Parool , The Free People and Wedding.

http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_van_Meerendonk

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June 27, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Amsterdam – Image Gallery

Via: First Time User

– Wolf Suschitzky

– 1934

See more images of Amsterdam, HERE:

http://firsttimeuser.tumblr.com/tagged/Amsterdam

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A kinda/sorta related post:

“Our ’55 Christtmas Card was taken at . . .”

http://jonsfamily.wordpress.com/2009/05/05/our-55-christmas-card-was-taken-at/

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June 21, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Eva Besnyö – Image Gallery

Via: Facie Populi

Jordaan, Amsterdam, 1955

http://www.faciepopuli.com/tagged/Eva_Besny%C3%B6

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Photographer and photojournalist Eva Besnyö was born in Budapest on April 29, 1910. Her father, Bernat Besnyö, a lawyer, was born in 1877 and killed in Auschwitz in 1944.

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After the capitulation of the Netherlands army in May 1940, as the conditions of Jews steadily deteriorated, Eva Besnyö was forbidden to engage in all journalistic activities. In 1942, when her sole source of income was a few private commissions, she went underground for two years.

After the war she received numerous commissions for photo-documentation and remained professionally active, though she was now the mother of a son (born in 1945) and a daughter (born in 1948), fathered by the graphic designer Wim Brusse, from whom she separated in 1968. From 1970 to 1976 Eva Besnyö was active in the Dolle-Mina feminist movement for women’s rights and through her photographs became the chronicler of events. In 1980 she rejected the Ritterorden (knighthood) which was to have been bestowed on her by the Queen of the Netherlands. In 1999, in Berlin, the “grand old lady” of Dutch photography was awarded the Dr. Erich Salomon Award for her life’s work and at the end of the same year the Stedelijk Museum held an exhibition of her work.

Eva Besnyö died in Laren, Netherlands on December 12, 2002.

http://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/besnyo-eva

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January 18, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment