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Cacao factory


An old tile picture in the museum.


The cacao factory on the Zaan - rough translation.



comments (13)

  • Ray
  • Not in United States
  • 21 Jun 2017, 01:04
Fabulous illustration, Louis, and I especially like the bloke putting his back into the rowing.
Louis: I like it when artists put such extra detail into a picture, that is mainly about the building. Thank you Ray.
That's really great! I like that!
Louis: Thank you Elizabeth
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 21 Jun 2017, 05:27
a wonderful image with the feel of the good old times!
Louis: You should visit the museum whenever you get into that area of the Netherlands. There is even an old guy walking around with a tin of cookies that he offers to visitors.
Aha! So THAT'S where all the Dutch cacao came from!
Louis: Pretty neat old building, eh?
  • Chris
  • England
  • 21 Jun 2017, 06:22
A nice piece of old history and artwork Louis
Louis: I agree, thank you, Chris.
I used to work in a chocolate factory when I was 16 Louis.. having the job of delivering post around the whole factory twice a day meant that I could slip whatever delights took my fancy into my jacet pocket.
Louis: ... and with those delights you became a favourite among the girls?
When I lived in slough there was a Mars factory and on certain days the smell of chocolate could be smelt all over town
Louis: ... and now you have the smell of bacon sarnies?
Just the colour told me this was a tile in or from Holland.
Louis: I would have made the same remark, before I went to Portugal. Blue and white are famous colours for their tiles as well. I will show those when I get to my Portuguese pictures.
  • Anne
  • France
  • 21 Jun 2017, 13:42
Louis: Merci
I've seen similar Dutch tiles myself and they really are works of art as far as i'm concerned.
Louis: Wait until you see the Portuguese tile pictures that I am lining up ...
Is the firm still in existence?
Louis: The firm started as a windmill in 1767, milling all kinds of products. The name of the mill was "Zaanstroom". In 1843 they started milling cocoa beans. The windmill was replaced with a steam mill in 1872 and the building to house the various processes was completed in 1886 and in 1892 became a certified producer to the royalty. The building burnt down in 1930 and was rebuilt. The 2nd WW lead to the bankruptcy of De Jong's Cacao, which was taken over by De Zaan Cacao, who in turn was taken over by ADM Cocoa, and American firm still in existence. The building was flattened and flat buildings were built in it's place.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 21 Jun 2017, 20:16
I never get tired of looking at these golden oldies... In Hilversum we could smell the chocolate factory from Bussum with certain winds...
Love the tiles here.
Louis: Heh, and then you developed a craving for chocolate? An interesting marketing campaign smile
wonderful scene rendered on the tiles, Louis. i like it very much

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