About this blog

This blog is meant to be a kind of magazine-style collection of things I like and subjects that fascinate me. No long posts, just a picture and a few lines of texts. I don’t like messy, busy layouts and I have no intention in monetizing this blog. 

All the pop music related stuff can be found in separate blogs.

My name is Rob Stevens, hence RobS. WEBSTEK is a rarely used Dutch word for website. So this is Rob's Website aka robswebstek!

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City Walls
Living in a city with medieval city walls, and having walked along the impressive Roman city walls of Istanbul, I felt the urge to collect a few pictures of city walls in other cities.

I like historical maps. When I was young I made my own maps using tracing paper. I’m trying to make maps now using pc-paint programs, but I lack time.

To constrain myself on Ebay I started collecting cheap postcards from a beautiful Edwardian era actress called Maude Fealy. Sometimes I buy also some other post cards. Also I want to know more about old movies so I start watching movies with a.o. Gene Tierney.

Not much is published about the history of Amersfoort, certainly not in English. So I like to talk about painters, explorers, etc.

The transition of a town from one nation to another is intriguing. What happened to the inhabitants? What happened to the language. Are there still remains visible? Königsberg, the capital of Prussia, is a striking example of this, once a flourishing German town, now a Soviet type Russian city.

Crimean War
The Crimean War was the first modern war, with trenches, railways, etc. It is also the first large war to be photographed, and also this is the war with the famous charge of the light brigade (I always asked myself why are they fighting with lights...?)

I have some Mucha posters in my house. I like this Jugendstil art nouveau kind of style.

When I was young I read and wondered about the first type of photographs used on a large scale: daguerreotypes. The exact mirror image of a 19th century person, in incredible detail. So a couple of years ago I started collecting cheap though beautiful specimens on Ebay.  

Visiting the Prado in Madrid and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg reinforced my interest in paintings. I already admired Vermeer, but there is so much more to explore.

Photo's I made during my trips to work. Paintings I’ve seen, in a museum or in a newspaper. Old photographs. Etc..

Memorial days
Just some people's birthdays, or events to remember, as well as to celebrate or commemorate.

  • diverse, but structured
  • no (real) advertisements
  • collect and summarize texts and pictures (tagging is so handy), thereby creating a place filled with stuff I like and admire. 
  • experiment with internet site making.
  • publish about rare subjects.
  • publish (handmade) maps.
  • publish about Amersfoort.
  • publish about miscellaneous (personal) things.
  • improve my English.

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