National Geographic : 1954 Sep
© National Geographic Society + Delft: Arched Bridge and Moat Make This Burgher's Home a Castle From the blue of the sky, reflected in its canals, Delft takes the color of its famed china. Native son Jan Vermeer captured the same rich azure in his paintings. Flowers, delight of every Dutchman, blaze in the garden of a snug brick cottage. 381 Kodachromes by Gilbert M. Grosvenor and Charles Neave (lower) + Walcheren Islanders Jog to Church on a Road of Handlaid Brick Allied planes bombed Walcheren's dikes in 1944 to flood out Nazi garrisons commanding the approaches to Antwerp. But the island largely escaped the 1953 flood, as the presence of a grown horse implies: many farm animals drowned wherever the waters struck.