Back on the other side of the building.
An Arabic looking piece of graffiti and numbers on the wall.
"Close door please." Don't think
I could. Almost no plaster left on the walls
Another staircase going up, almost completely
covered in plaster. Would have felt saver with a hard-hat here.
Lots of writing on the elevator doors
"Neuk de Tijd" - Fuck time
"Waar is die goeie ouwe tijd?" - Where's the good old time?
"Roots, Rock and Reggea
"Ik in de Jumbo" - Me in the Jumbo
"Boudewijn in de Jumbo (16 nov)"
"Stop that train I'm leavin'"
"Fock 2e Kamer"
"Kill all cops / punk"
"Can't stop Rock 'n Roll"
"I love Trway Wompel." ??
A look through the window into the world
were normal people live.
Green slime growing on the ceiling, moss
growing on the floor.
I couldn't find a way into the elevator room. The only way
I can think of is some way to get onto the roof from the outside or from
inside the elevator. Doors of the elevator wouldn't open.
Back outside. The tunnel under the railroad,
now from the other side.
Nice example of nature taking over, a bird mad a nest in this old lamp.
Jumbo/4-east/Jan Steen/Gelderman office
as seen from the factory.
I walked around the western side of the building and noticed
a platform outside.
Stairs, platform and door. The blue "uitgang"
(exit) sign is of the plastics factory next-door.
The stairs to that platform were in reasonable condition, but the platform
itself was totally unreliable so I stepped from the stairs through the
door. Soon noticing the floor was of wood, had some holes here and there
and didn't creak I took one not interesting snapshot and quickly got out
again. Very scary, wood so rotten it doesn't creak.
I left across the railroad tracks again, but now taking a route around
the thorny bushes. Thus ends the story of the last remnants of the Gelderman
factory. For the time being anyway. The company and it's owners have had
a huge impact on Oldenzaal so I wouldn't be surprised if I run across
one of the Geldermans again.
Update 2010: The building has deteriorated enormously in the 8 years since I was here. The picture is from a company renovating old buildings and putting them to new uses.