The postoffice

The post office

The post office, in the style of the 'Amsterdamse school', is part of the museum 'Het Schip' in Amsterdam.

The design is by Michel de Klerk, one of the most important architects of the 'Amsterdamse school'. It has a few subtle details with a message.

postkantoor - Het SchipIn a time when a telephone was not a common household item, one went to the post office to make a call. The connection was set up by an operator, who in theory cold listen in on the conversation. In the door of the 'spreekcel' (telephone booth) a stained glass window shows the telephone wires with a bird on it. The story goes that this is an eavesdropper bird, reminding the person inside of the possibility that someone might be listening in on their conversation.