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Category: KAMPEN Hendrik van 1912-1997

  • Langgewenscht, Hilversum

    Langgewenscht, Hilversum

    Farm buildings at the Langgewenst square in Hilversum (or Langgewenscht, as it was spelled at the time). The photo was taken by my grandfather, Henk van Kampen (1912-1997), in November 1932. This view disappeared a long time ago, the square looks completely different now.

  • The age of my grandparents

    The age of my grandparents

    My grandparents were roughly the same age, there was less than five years between the eldest and the youngest. The eldest was my paternal grandfather, Henk (Hendrik, officially) van Kampen. As the eldest son of the eldest son, I was named after him. Opa Henk, as we, the grandchildren, called him, was born on 9 […]

  • Tombstone Tuesday: Van Kampen

    Tombstone Tuesday: Van Kampen

    I shared many graves from the Bosdrift cemetery in Hilversum on this blog. Today’s grave is special, at least to me: Twice I helped carry a coffin to this grave, in 1997 and in 2007. Buried here are two people that I have known well: My grandparents, Hendrik van Kampen Jr. and Alida Melessen. They […]

  • Gathering dust: Veerstraat 21 in Hilversum

    Gathering dust: Veerstraat 21 in Hilversum

    On Saturdays I rummage through my old cabinet, pull out and dust off an item, and present it here on Roots. Today: A photo of the house my grandfather was born. A photo of the house in which my grandfather Hendrik van Kampen was born (in 1912), with his father‘s bicycle repair shop. The boy […]

  • Gathering dust: A photo

    Gathering dust: A photo

    On Saturdays I rummage through my old cabinet, pull out and dust off an item, and present it here on Roots. Today: A photo. A formal portrait of my grandparents, Hendrik van Kampen and Alida Melessen. I have no further information on this photo. Possibly an engagement portrait from 1938.

  • Gathering dust: More atoms

    Gathering dust: More atoms

    On Saturdays I rummage through my old cabinet, pull out and dust off an item, and present it here on Roots. Today: A few items from the 1957 exhibition The Atom. Last week I showed you a photo of the Queen and my grandfather during the opening of the exhibition The Atom. I have a […]

  • Gathering dust: Atoms

    Gathering dust: Atoms

    On Saturdays I rummage through my old cabinet, pull out and dust off an item, and present it here on Roots. Today: A photo from the 1957 exhibition The Atom. On 28 June 1957, HRH Prince Bernhard opened the exhibition The Atom, in presence of his wife, HM Queen Juliana, and many other guests. The […]

  • Gathering dust: The engagement of Henk van Kampen and Lida Melessen

    Gathering dust: The engagement of Henk van Kampen and Lida Melessen

    On Saturdays I rummage through my old cabinet, pull out and dust off an item, and present it here on Roots. Today: An engagement announcement. This is the engagement announcement of my grandparents, Hendrik (Henk) van Kampen and Alida (Lida) Melessen. It mentions a change (wijziging), so possibly there was an earlier communication. Unfortunately the […]

  • Family grave (continued)

    Family grave (continued)

    Yesterday I showed you a photo of the Van Kampen family grave that I visited earlier this week. This is the same grave in 1941, shortly after my great-grandfather Hendrik van Kampen was buried here, the first burial in this grave. The photos were taken by my grandfather, who is now buried there too. Note […]

  • Family grave

    Family grave

    Tombstone on the grave of my grandparents, Hendrik van Kampen and Alida Melessen, and my great-grandparents, Hendrik van Kampen and Geertje Wiesenekker. The grave is full now, so other family members will be buried elsewhere, when their time comes. The tombstone is from 1997, when my grandfather was buried here. As most Dutch graves, this […]