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A selection of nine prints from the collections of IISH and Press Museum from the birth of the heir to the throne to the threats of the monarchy.  View the selection of the nine prints. [Image gallery]
The IISH has a unique collection of designs by the Dutch artist W.A. van de Walle for stained glass windows in trade union buildings. These designs, which date from 1927-1940, are executed full size... [Image gallery]
Over 750 works about vegetarianism and natural medicine, the complete lending library of the Nederlandsche Vegetariërsbond [Dutch league of vegetarians] (NVB) are now integrally available at the IISH... [Image gallery]
Manufacturer J.C. van Marken was one of the first Dutch entrepreneurs who took care of the social welfare of his employees. This photo album from the archive of Jules Prudhommeaux shows pictures of... [Image gallery]
The early Dutch trade unions spent a great deal of money on their business cards. That was a banner, a costly jewel of velvet, silk, or satin with gold wire. It was a matter of prestige for local... [Image gallery]
At midsummer, when the cucumbers are ripe, there is nothing much to report in the media. 'Cucumber time' ('silly season') inspired Dutch cartoonists of different backgrounds. Click here for a... [Image gallery]
On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, commemorated on 3 May every year, the IISH wishes to call attention to Freie Presse, a magazine published by German socialists during their exile in... [Image gallery]
The photo collection of journalist / photographer Wim Dussel (1920-2004) is since 2004 part of the collections of the IISH. Dussel crossed the world as a travelling photojournalist. Wim Dussel began... [Image gallery]
Dutch press photographer Johan de Haas (1915-1997) worked from 1937 to 1978 for various newspapers and journals published by social-democratic organizations, commonly referred to as the Red Family.... [Image gallery]
The Chinese people who arrived in the Netherlands from around 1900 onwards were nearly all seafarers and, in particular, stokers. Yet the Dutch did actually not see much of them. After all, they... [Image gallery]