August Update

Joh. C. CoomansAfter some distractions in the first half of the year and a terrific holiday in Europe, I’m back working on the picstory.net website. As I’ve given myself 10 years to build it, what’s six months off occasionally?

There are now pages for around two hundred family members (most of them pretty basic) and over 250 photos and other items of interest.

Some of the recent enhancements:

  • A new category – “Other Items” for things I couldn’t fit in elsewhere, like newspaper clippings and memorial booklets.
  • An illustration for the front page – yes, it’s Dad/Jo Coomans, the inspiration for this site ( “what to do what all that stuff he left behind?”). He’ll also show up as the icon for the site.
  • My first translated letters. I can’t see how I can translate more than a few representative ones, but I’ll try.

I’d love some feedback/critique of the site. Here are a few things which I don’t like and will look towards changing:

  • While the miniature photos on a personal page are Ok, even if a bit small, documents end up looking all the same. I think I will end up adding titles below the document miniatures.
  • For some people, the sheer number of items will end up ovewhelming (ie when I upload hundreds of Dad’s artworks). Not sure how to solve it yet, I might have to group the items.
  • Similarly, for some events there are lots of photos, threatening to ‘flood’ pages, for example I uploaded our wedding album. What I ended up doing is only link selective photos to Joy’s and my personal pages. You would need to go to the year (1971) to see the other photos.

Lots more things to consider, but that’s enough for now. I look forward to feedback / suggestions / critiques. Fire away in the comments or email me at mh@coomans.com

Goodbye, Dad

21Our dad, Jo Coomans passed away on 30 January 2015 and we buried him on 6th February.

Goodbye Dad, Rest in Peace.

For those who couldn’t attend, here are some captured moments of the day.

Harry produced an excellent booklet [772 kB] and an Audio Visual presentation [111 MB], which was shown at the end of the Service.

Jonathon took photos during the day (slideshow, hi-res [51MB] or lo-res,  [2.6 MB]). Individual photos below (click to show larger version).

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Leede

leede1944I’ve been sorting and archiving Dad’s artwork after capturing most of it digitally in December. While I was familiar with most of the works, it’s nice to discover  drawings and paintings with which I wasn’t  familiar. For example this sketch of the Leede (“tuindorp” in Rotterdam), done in 1944. It shows that confident hand and “eye” for which he should be remembered.

Leede2014Out of curiosity, I looked up the location on Google. The church tower is hidden by the leaves of the tree, but it’s pretty much the same 70 years later.

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Johannes Calvijnschool

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Simon 1959

While the focus here is on our parents, Jo and Adri, it’s inevitable that we’re faced with our own history.

I spotted the photo of Simon in the assortment of memorabilia waiting for him to pick up next time he’s in Penrith. And yes, I’m returning it to his “cache” before he misses it.

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Marius 1959

It figures that there was a photo of yours truly from the same year(the 1958-59) and sure enough, there was.

Harry, did you find a photo from the same year as well?

The Johannes Calvijnschool was our primary school while we lived on the Cannenburghlaan. I found class photos of the period at theschoolbank.nl website and downloaded a few class photos of Simon’s class of 1956 and 1958 as well as my class of 1958.
Surely you recognise us? (click on the photos for a larger version)

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Simon 1956
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Simon 1958
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Marius 1958

Het Jaarboekje

jaarboekjeI found an early “Electronics Diary” among Dad’s stuff yesterday. It was published by “De Muiderkring”, a publisher of popular electronics magazines and books in Holland.

I took it home as a curio and leafed through it today, only to find a few gems (click for higher resolution versions):

 

 

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