National Geographic : 1929 Sep
Photograph by George Alden Sanford ALKMAAR'S "WEIGH HOUSE" WAS ONCE A CHURCH This interesting old building was converted to its present uses about 350 years ago. Under the canopy projecting from it are three wide doors, each giving access to a large beam scale upon which the cheeses are weighed. A fine carillon in the tower sprinkles the air with melodies. Photograph by Emil P.Albrecht CHEESE PORTERSARE PERSONS OE IMPORTANCE The white uniformed menwho carry the cheese from ship tomarket, market to scales, and back toaship again areelected totheir positions for life by their fellow citizens. Despite hard work and small wages, the situation of porter is highlyesteemed.