What does Remembrance Day mean to you?

Remembrance Day Poppies
Remembrance Day is a memorial day in which the Commonwealth nations remember and pay their respects to the brave men and women of the armed forces, who gave their lives in the line of duty. In most countries it takes place on 11th November, signifying the end of all hostilities in World War I at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. The red remembrance poppy has become the iconic emblem associated with Remembrance Day. The poppy came to be associated with this day due to the actions of a professor at the University of Georgia named Moina Michael, who penned the poem ‘We Read more

How to Collect and Record Memories

Turning the meaningless into the meaningful Collecting memories and mementoes is something most of us do, often unconsciously, on a daily basis. The advantage is that we know the stories behind the photos and trinkets we keep, but to anyone else, this collection is pretty much meaningless.  For example, you may pick up a photo of yourself with friends, sitting around a table and you might look fondly at the picture and chuckle to yourself, remembering all the events that occurred that night. But, let’s say your great-granddaughter picks up this same photo 40 years from now.What would she see? Read more

Questions to Inspire Memories and Life Stories

A great way to learn about someone’s past is to start by asking them questions about their early life. It’s not always easy to know where to start, so here’s a few ideas of questions you could lead with to inspire rich memories and life stories. Storytelling: For most people, preserving both their own stories and those of friends and family is very important, after all, that’s how we remember people after they’ve gone. Storytelling has forever been the most effective way of sharing knowledge, and as soon as we, as humans, began to record these stories, civilisation was effectively Read more

25 Years after the Berlin Wall

On November 9, it is exactly 25 years ago that the Berlin Wall came down. Story Terrace celebrates and memorizes this historical event. We’ll reminisce with the chair of the Mauer Museum, we have a Berlin citizen sharing his memories and speak to the ‘wall breakers’ about their project of bringing pieces of the wall to the Netherlands.

Berlin divided life

Berlin divided life Look back with us on life at the time of the Berlin Wall. Here's a collection of black-and-white pictures showing everyday life in the divided city of Berlin between 1961 and 1989. _________________ About us: Story Terrace helps customers to capture personal stories in beautiful books alongside a professional writer. Our writers have a range of backgrounds and interests, sharing one passion: Portraying individuals through carefully crafted anecdotes and lively stories. For more information on having your stories written down, send an e-mail Read more

Focus on: early 20th century train travel

By Anne Brugts, content manager Story Terrace  Focus on: early 20th century train travel On this throwback Thursday we throw ourselves back quite some time and indulge in train travel in the early 20th century. Enjoy the photo collection of luxuriously decorated parlor coaches, piles of leather suitcases and families waving goodbye from the platform.     ________________ About us: Story Terrace helps customers to capture personal stories in beautiful books alongside a professional writer. Our writers have a range of backgrounds and interests, sharing Read more

Eighty years of paper pounds

Eighty years of paper pounds Remember when the £1 in your pocket was paper in your wallet? Well, up until 1983, it was! Take a look back at the transformation of the pound over the past 80 years.   1914 1917 1920 1928 1940 1960 1978   ____________________ By Anne Brugts, content manager About us: Story Terrace helps customers to capture personal stories in beautiful books alongside a professional writer. Our writers have a range of backgrounds and interests, sharing one passion: Portraying individuals through carefully Read more

Boys love Toys

Boys love Toys Boys love toys. Perhaps you’ve heard it before, but did you know it also applies to late 19th century gents? For them, showing off the latest rides meant driving around in the first motorised vehicles at the insane speed of 28 mph. Take a look at these proud gearheards flaunting their newest gadgets.       ___________ By Anne Brugts, content manager Story Terrace About us: Story Terrace helps customers to capture personal stories in beautiful books alongside a professional writer. Our writers have a range of backgrounds Read more

The Gown

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The Gown After all of the "Who Wore What" buzz at the Oscars this weekend, we are sticking with formal dress a little longer and throwing in some wedding gowns just for fun. Feast your eyes on nine decades of bridal fashion. In your opinion, which decade takes the cake?   _____________ By Anne Brugts, content manager Story Terrace About us: Story Terrace helps customers to capture personal stories in beautiful books alongside a professional writer. Our writers have a range of backgrounds and interests, sharing one passion: Portraying individuals Read more

Winter fun circa 1920

Winter fun circa 1920 Think winter sports in the early 20th century were just about sliding down a hill on a brittle wooden plank or two? Well, think again. Because your (great)-grandparents were inventive, adventurous people, taking winter sports to the extreme. Here we’ve collected the best pictures from the great variety of winter fun to be had circa 1920.         ____________ By Anne Brugts, content manager About us: Story Terrace helps customers to capture personal stories in beautiful books alongside a professional writer. Our writers have a range Read more

The Kiss (1896)

The Kiss (1896) What did the first ever kiss in a motion picture look like? Watch the video 'The Kiss', shot in 1986 by Thomas A. Edison, below.  What do we know about these on-screen lovers? We have their names. May Irwin was a Canadian singer and actress who rose to fame through vaudeville acts. Her castmate is John C. Rice, who was a well established stage actor. This touching scene was a recreation from a Broadway play that the two participated in titled The Widow Jones. ____________ About us: Story Terrace helps customers to capture personal stories in beautiful books Read more

Heineken’s 150-year anniversary

This month at Story Terrace we pay special attention to Heineken’s 150-year anniversary. We’ll be reminiscing about the beer brand with an expert in advertising, and offering a ‘behind the scenes’ interview with an employee in ‘last frontier’ East Africa. What’s more, we have an interview with the writers of the recently published book ‘Brewery, brand and family: 150 years of Heineken’. What does Heineken mean to you?

Heineken’s Success Story

Heineken’s Success Story On August 22, the book ‘Heineken 150 years: brewery, brand and family’ was published (Amsterdam: Boom 2014). Author Bram Bouwens, a researcher at Utrecht University, was allowed to dig into the company archives for information and to talk to people in the highest ranks of the company. Alongside his historical research, he casts light on the success of the iconic beer brand. By Anne Brugts, Content Manager, Story Terrace Bram Bouwens is busy. When I speak to him, his expertise is being widely sought due to last week's speculation about the possible takeover Read more

A Museum for Freedom

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By Anne Brugts, content manager Story Terrace A Museum for Freedom Right next to the former Checkpoint Charlie, in an apartment block fronting onto the street, you can find the Mauer Museum. Since its foundation in 1962, it’s been an institute for promoting freedom and for keeping alive memories of the Berlin Wall. Alexandra Hildebrandt is the dedicated chair of the museum and she tells us about the museum’s history, its founder and her ambitions. The museum was founded by Dr Rainer Hildebrandt. During the Second World War Rainer was already a champion of human rights, but he really Read more

If You’re Going to San Francisco…

Story Terrace writer Daan Borrel asks herself the question ‘How did festivals, by origin a subculture of rebellious youth, become so mainstream?’ as she reflects on sixties love-inns, festival-hopping rich kids, and boutique festivals. By Daan Borrel, guest writer Story Terrace On the life cycle of festivals A clear blue sky, green grass, some dried mud at the side of the field. A cold beer in one hand, the gig line-up in the other. All good. Everywhere you look there are happy people. Some are dancing, others just hang around or explore the grounds. On the stage in front of you the first Read more

Festival Life

By Anne Brugts, content manager Story Terrace Festival life Festivals represent an iconic way of life. For a few days, the outside world fades away and nothing exists outside the festival. Originating in the peace-love-music creed that was trumpeted at Woodstock in 1969, and has been evolving ever since, there’s a whole set of habits that outlines our festival experience. It includes how we sleep, what we eat and drink, how we dance, how we dress and, not least, how we conquer mud and rain. To inspire you to relive your most treasured festival memories, we’ve drawn up a comparison between Read more

Radiant Riviera: holidays, love and inspiration for the famous

By Anne Brugts, content manager Story Terrace Radiant Riviera: holidays, love and inspiration for the famous The French Riviera has long been a favourite holiday destination for the rich and famous, and an inspirational retreat for artists and intellectuals from all around the world. And a perfect backdrop for blossoming love affairs. Hollywood regulars As early as the 1940s, Hollywood stars and other US celebrities found their way to the southern coast of France. Hotel-du-Cap was one of the high-end retreats where these guests would find the peace and luxury they were looking for. Famous Read more

Sweet revenge for the Dutch

Sweet revenge for the Dutch In 1961 Geurt saw the Dutch team play against Mexico. He was eight years old. The image of a Mexican supporter with a big sombrero on his head, making a deep bow in front of the Dutch audience when the Dutch scored, is something he won’t forget. It was the first of many Cup matches to come. The Netherlands vs Costa Rica will be his 311th. ‘Every time it’s different’ ‘This Sunday, after the Mexicans lost against the Netherlands, there were no bows.’ Geurt watched his 311th game together with his wife Janny, his brother Peter and sister-in-law Saskia. When Read more

A South American affair – The very first football World Cup in 1930

Door Anne Brugts, Story Terrace A South American affair - The very first football World Cup in 1930 Those who can’t find any interest in twenty-two gentlemen running after a ball on a green grassy lawn will find themselves in a difficult position at the moment. The World Cup in Brazil attracts a record level of media and public attention. Interest in the first World Cup in 1930 was at a somewhat different level, however. In the early 20th century, countries would meet for games of football on a European scale of competition and at the Olympics. But in 1930 the Fédération Internationale Read more

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