The Vegetable Market, Brussels, Belgium

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All Belgium is tended like a garden. Over half the farms contain only about an acre of ground. There are no fences between the little patches, and none between the farms. That would be a waste of land. It has been said that all the Belgians could make a good living on the ground that American farmers have in their fence rows. A stretch of Belgian country, with its toy fields planted in different kinds of garden truck, looks like a patchwork quilt. One of the markets for these products is in Brussels, as you see. This picture shows a fine display of vegetables. Everywhere the market is kept very clean and sweet-smelling. There is an air of business about the place. People move briskly. This is true of the Belgians as a race. They are hard workers and thrifty. They make their little country produce far more from the fields, factories, and mines than do many countries twenty times as large. The glimpse you get of Brussels in the picture shows a row of solid-looking buildings fronted by fine trees. It is a city of many trees, and fine streets. It is about the size of Boston, and everywhere the people are busy. It is known the world over for the fine laces and carpets it manufactures. It is the capital of Belgium, and here the King and Queen have their palace. Belgium has powerful and prosperous neighbors about her. The great markets for the output of her farms and factories are Germany, France, and England. Antwerp, the chief seaport, is the fifth greatest in the world. What countries touch Belgium? Why should French be spoken in the south and Flemish in the north of Belgium? How have the coal and iron fields of southern Belgium helped her factories? Keystone ID: 6121 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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