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How do you take your coffee?

25/01/2018

The traditional coffee party didn’t lose any of its popularity since the making of this home video in the 1940s. Meeting on a sunday afternoon for a cup of comfort and a good chat originated in the 19th century. The salons of wealthy ladies have been replaced by fashionable coffee houses around the corner, but the familiar cosiness remained.

This clip from the Stadsarchief Kortrijk is one of the many peculiar videos VIAA archived over the last five years and it was part of our Image Capsule 2117 that explored the theme leisure activities. Who wouldn’t want to spend his spare time drinking strong coffee or a cordial and playing an innocent game with matchboxes?

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