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Happiness in old age


In 2017, Flanders chose its favourite archive footage by participating in the Image Capsule. Leading up to Heritage Day on April 22 - this year’s subject being electing - we’re sharing five selected clips from the Image Capsule 2117 over the coming weeks. Today the Amsab-Institute for Social History kicks off with its Congé Payé.

Since 1936, a Belgian labourer was entitled to a paid vacation. To get this labourer to the wholesome countryside, labour organisations arranged affordable trips and holiday homes. That way everybody could take a trip, pensioners as well. This clip shows a couple of elderly people enjoying the fresh air, the sun and each other. Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry.

The Amsab-Institute for Social History is the heritage center of social, humanitarian and ecological movements. Visit their site in Ghent on Heritage Day and rendezvous with the past that has not yet passed. You can find more information on the website of Heritage Day