National Geographic : 1950 Dec
ONational Geographic Society 755 Ansco color by Fenno Jacobs from Black Star Urk Stubbornly Clings to Baggy Pants and Wooden Shoes, Its Symbols of the Good Old Days For centuries Urk lived as a world apart, a Netherlands fishermen's island in the Zuider Zee. Then dikes and pumps took the island from the sea and gave it to the mainland. Today Urkers, mourning their former isolation, try to shut out the world. A sign warns approaching strangers: "No motorcars allowed; park here." This elderly fisherman, as solid as his wooden klompen, scowls at the cable drums as portents of telephones and electric lights. His female relatives' old-fashioned attire, billowing in the breeze, flouts fashion's decrees. No tricky gadgets such as clothespins! Garments are clinched among the rope's strands.