National Geographic : 1954 Sep
© National Geographic Society 406 Kodactromes ny unoert A1. urosvenor Sight-seers and Cheese Buyers Jam the Market Square in Alkmaar Every Friday from spring through fall cheese makers from miles around display the week's output in long covered rows across this plaza. Buyers make careful tests, tasting, smelling, and thumping cheeses like watermelons. Dicker ing proceeds with a minimum of words. The farmer quotes a price and holds out his hand; the bargain is sealed with a handclasp. On other days, sheep, pigs, and cattle replace cheeses in the market place. * Porters in double harness, wearing the colored hats of their guild, somehow keep clean in traditional white.