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An overview of countries with the largest broadcasting power. The Netherlands has two 60kw transmitters.

Top U.S. short-wave broadcasting power is the 40 kw. of General Electric Co.’s station W2XAF at South Schenectady and Westinghouse’s station W8XK at Saxonburg, Pa. But General Electric is building a 100 kw. transmitter to improve the service it sends on directional beam to South America. Germany lists its short-wave…

Called Off


Dutch government, resolute in the Dutch policy of peace, stopped their War games since it might seem provocative considering almost all Europe had mobilized or was mobilizing.

In full swing last week, the 1938 Netherlands war games were, as usual, based on the problem “An orderly retreat from the German frontier and the taking up of positions on a new ‘waterline’ “—a strip of country that can be submerged within a few hours by opening strategic…

From a Linen Closet


A new painting by Vermeer is discovered in Paris and exhibited in Rotterdam.

We arrived late at Rotterdam, where was their annual marte or faire, so furnished with pictures (especially landskips and drolleries as they call those donnish representations) that I was amaz’d. . . .

When John Evelyn in 1641 thus recorded the flourishing artistic life of Holland, Jan Vermeer of Delft…

Double Anniversary


The beloved Queen Wilhelmina, Europe’s longest-reigning sovereign, observed two anniversaries: her 58th birthday and the completion of her 40th year on the throne.

Formerly the gloomy, box-shaped, 283-year-old Royal Palace in Amsterdam was without electric lights, central heating and had but two bathtubs, both without running water. Here, as required by the Constitution. Her Majesty, Wilhelmina Helena Pauline Maria, Queen of The Netherlands. Princess of Orange-Nassau and Duchess of Mecklenburg, has grudgingly spent…

Clearing House


The trade between The Netherlands and the United States has blossomed with the opening of a Holland House in New York.

From Rotterdam last week arrived the first of the 100,000,000 tulip, gladioli, iris, hyacinth, crocus and daffodil bulbs worth some $5,000,000 which the Dutch annually export to the U. S. This week the cordial trade relations between The Netherlands and the U. S. blossomed with the announcement that a vacant…

Sunken Treasure


A 139-year old sunken ship before the coast of Terschelling was dredged for gold bars. When found, flags went up all over the Dutch island.

When the Lutine bell, hung at the entrance to Lloyd’s underwriting room in Leadenhall Street, London, rings once, it signifies bad news for ship brokers.

When the bell rings twice, it means that a ship listed as lost or overdue has been at last reported. One day last week the…

Juliana Again


Crown Princess Juliana is expecting a newborn child. Netherlanders, disappointed that the first was a girl, prayed she will have a male heir.

Tired of doing water colors of Dutch cows recumbent upon flat fields, Queen Wilhelmina of The Netherlands spent last week in Switzerland doing water colors of upstanding cows browsing against a background of jagged peaks. While Her Majesty thus rusticated, in preparation for her Jubilee in September, it was confirmed…

Ruddy Old Gent


A book has been published about the managing director of Royal Dutch Oil company, Mr. Deterding.

Hendrik August Wilhelm Deterding, third son of a Dutch sailor, went into an Amsterdam bank at the age of 16 and fell in love with figures, quit after six years because banking was too slow a way up in the world. He went to the East Indies, worked for the…

Sea Design


On the brand new liner Nieuw Amsterdam, the U. S. travelers for whom she was frankly designed found the art of The Netherlands at its niftiest.

The two most potent advertisements of national craftsmanship are the modern World’s Fair and the modern superliner. Three years ago the French Line launched the vastly chic Normandie as one of France’s supreme artistic achievements and somewhat incidentally as a ship. Cunard White Star’s vastly smart Queen Mary is supposed…

Pride of Holland


Last week the Nieuw Amsterdam set sail to cross the Atlantic and arrived faster than expected in New York.

On a chilly May midnight long after the hour when they usually go to bed, thousands of good Dutchmen packed Rotterdam’s quays. The well-to-do in their American automobiles — with headlights glaring and horns shrieking—formed a traffic jam for a mile along the River Maas. The middle-to-do on bicycles…



King Leopold III of Belgium accepted the invitation of Her Royal Highness to act as a godfather at the christening of her first child, Beatrix.

Belgium’s handsome young widower King Leopold III once figured in the schemes of certain statesmen anxious for a union of Belgium and The Netherlands, eager to promote it by securing the marriage of His Majesty and Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Juliana of The Netherlands. Neither Leopold nor Juliana saw…

New Ships


New Amsterdam is the newest air-conditioned flagship of the Holland-America Line.

Oslofjord, Though Norway’s merchant marine is fourth biggest on the seas, the navy that defends it has a total personnel of 1,200, includes but four battleships. Nevertheless, Norway announced last week that the new flagship of its merchant marine, the Oslofjord, is a peace ship and inconvertible to war purposes…

“Juliana” & “Bernhard”


Brief commotion after a Dutch journalist said in Germany, that Bernhard couldn’t be the father of Juliana’s child.

“My paper hears Hitler has had a complete nervous breakdown—how about it?” “Is it true that German troops have mutinied in East Prussia and in Pomerania?” “How many generals have resigned and how many officers are under arrest?” “In London the Sunday Referee is printing a story from Paris…



Princess Juliana, gave birth to her first baby, Beatrix.

One of the 565 members of the crew of the Holland-America liner Rotterdam is a Communist, refused last week in Manhattan to sign the crew’s round-robin message of congratulation to Crown Princess Juliana of The Netherlands on the birth of her first child (TIME, Feb. 7). Explained other members of…

51 Guns


Crown Princess Juliana gave birth to her first baby, a girl. Other Dutchmen hoped for a male heir to the throne.

For over a month, enough shiny brass blank cartridges for a 101-gun salute have been piled by the saluting batteries of every Dutch army post from Amsterdam to Bali. They were to signal that Crown Princess Juliana had given the House of Orange its first male heir in generations. Last…

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