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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 9 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Monday, February 3, 2020

1948 Gevaphone Record with Young Pieter J.C. Vedder Playing his Accordion for his Marine Brother

At the local café in Groessen, The Netherlands, Mr. Holland, also coalman and grocer, had set up a make-shift studio.
 That make-shift studio came from Apeldoorn, a bigger city in the Province of Gelderland.
Once again: Grateful to NIMH The Netherlands for extracting its contents! See for more info link below from first post at bottom where I explain about donating these records to the Dutch Institute for Military History
Nederlands Instituut voor Militaire Historie
Ministerie van Defensie
Photo is from a couple of years earlier where Pieter played on his Hohner.
This recording he did with his beloved Soberano.
Husband Pieter playing on his accordion two songs for his Marine brother serving in Indonesia...

Aan de over van de Beuly in Dutch
On the banks of the Breuly
Between Ooy and Zevenaar
A frog sat loudly crying
With his hands in his hair

Dear little one, the mother spoke
See yonder that stork
't Is the murderer of you father
He ate him with skin and hair

Dammit, spoke the little
Did the tall one do that
When later I'm big and strong
I'll sure beat him up

The little one grew up
Again he saw that stork
And you won't believe it
He ate him with skin and hair

On the banks of the Breuly
Between Ooy and Zevenaar
A frog sat crying loudly
With his hands in his hair

Cheerio Holland

 I sing you a song full of sway and pleasure 
Of Holland, proud but small 
The land of the dunes, the forests and sea 
Where all those mills are 
From the flower bulb fields, the butter and cheese 
Foremost of Dutch generosity 
Where, that they are free again 
And again be so welcoming 
There I prefer to be of all 
Cheerio! Cheerio! In Holland there they sing like this 
Away with the worries and away with the sadness 
We will get there, even though we are not there yet 
Because the boys of Tromp and Piet Hein 
They will not get them down 
We had the moth in it for five years 
But now things are turning 
And Dutch we want to be 
The Dutch engineers are known 
They make this country great 
They dig channels and dampen the sea 
Exactly if it is just a ditch 
And it is again so beautiful in the forest or the heath 
The Betuwe and in the Gooi 
And the girls, blast it 
That is Holland's glory 
With that Holland is so beautiful 
That country is known for its Deventer Cake 
Oysters from Zierikzee 
Pipes from Gouda, its Peace Palace 
And by its Heroes of the Sea 
Because of its great civility, Moerdijk (technoport), K.L.M (Royal Dutch Airlines) 
The folklore of Volendam 
And Dutch prosperity 
The good old gin 
That wonderful drink from Schiedam 
On June 17, 1949 Pieter's Parents had their 25th Wedding Anniversary but the two boys were not yet home...
After numerous letters and this very unique Gevaphone greeting, the brothers finally got home after the 25th wedding anniversary in 1949... 
Toon (Anthony) departed from Indonesia on September 3, on the Vessel Kota Inten.

Toon was in the possession of some personal items from one of his comrades that did NOT make it back out alive. He was not able to deliver them to the young Marine's Parents though but requested Pieter to do it for him...
So Pieter went to the place of Elst, as he recalls, amidst the many fruit trees in that area. He remembers vividly the emotions that came with that. 
Of course, they invited him inside and asked several questions to which Pieter only could reply, sorry I cannot give you any more information as I was not there...
He never will forget the very emotional impact it had on his young life!

While the two older brothers served, Pieter was summoned to serve. 
One of the City Council Members advised Pieter's Dad to request dispensation as he already had two of his older sons serving at war and he needed a hand for his greenhouses as he himself had severe back problems.
So Pieter drove with his Dad, in their Volkswagen Beetle to Arnhem, the capital of their Province of Gelderland, to see Dr. Hoefnagels a famous specialist for back problems at the Arnhem Hospital.
Somewhat timidly Pieter's Dad stepped in at the doctor's office who asked him in some surly and authoritarian way, 'what are the problems?!'
Pieter's Dad shyly replied: 'My back' to which the doctor snarled: 'What back, where back?!'
To which Pieter's Dad said: 'If YOU don't know where the back is, I'm at the wrong place here.' 
Pieter's Dad turned around and Pieter can still hear his voice saying: 'You just go and serve, I don't need this!'
All in all, Pieter was rather proud of him, regardless the result of this visit.

And thus, husband Pieter had to serve!

 He proudly did!

Related links:
72 Years Later... Gevaphone Spoken Letters to Marine Brother Employed Overseas | previous post
1948 Gevaphone Record with Young Pieter Playing his Accordion for Brother in Uniform | previous post
72 Years Later... Gevaphone Spoken Letters to Military Brother Employed Overseas | previous post


  1. Liebe Mariette,
    in gewohnter Schönheit.
    Alles Liebe

  2. Important memories. He's still playing the accordion?

    1. Dearest Anne,
      Wonderful to have these recordings and yes, Pieter still plays the accordion and the organ.

    2. Very touching read, Mariette. Pieter and his entire family were very handsome. I understand how you were smitten - with talent and looks, Cupid's arrows were sure to strike! :)

    3. Dearest Debbie,
      Thank you but at that time I was by far not in the picture... Way before my time!

  3. Hello Mariette, More marvelous stories and recordings from that historic time! Pieter was quite good--does he still play the accordion, and does he still have any of his old ones?

    1. Dearest Jim,
      Thank you, it is a time of incredible stories and adventures, that's for sure.
      Pieter still plays but he's not as nimble with his fingers as he was at a young age.
      Sadly those two old accordions stayed behind... He only has a new one that I found him years back.

  4. It's really amazing, Mariette, that after all these years you are able to hear the recording! Your husband Pieter's accordion sounds so warm and fantastic! What an emotional experience that he delivered personal belongings of Toon's comrade to his parents. They must have been devastated but I hope getting those items helped them cope. And the story about the hospital visit - Pieter must be very proud of his father :-)

    1. Dearest Tamago,
      Now you mention Pieter's playing on his accordion, it makes me understand fully why Toon enjoyed that song so much when Pieter played it on the organ here at home when he stayed with us. No doubt to him it were sweet memories of receiving this tape way back...
      Emotional memories too, especially for going through at a young age. The hospital visit was priceless and indeed, Pieter felt oh so proud of his Dad.

  5. Bekende melodieën.Leuk dat je de teksten er bij hebt geplaatst, want daar kende ik maar kleine stukjes van. Fijne dag, lieve groet

    1. Beste Willy,
      Ja, met teksten compleet zegt het mij ook veel meer, gezien ik ze wel heb horen spelen over de jaren.

  6. Hi Mariette!
    I have changed to Google Chrome and It seems to work to write comments on blogs
    Many thanks
    Hugs Britt

    1. Dearest Britt,
      You are quite welcome and thank you for letting me know and glad it helped you.


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