Many Amsterdam locals don't know what the name Oudezijds Kolk actually means.
Yet understanding the name of this narrow canal provides some interesting insight into the life and history of Amsterdam.
The picture, created between 1890 and 1900, is titled, "Old Zÿds, the Kolk (canal), Amsterdam, Holland." It comes from a catalogue printed by the Detroit Publishing Company, c1905. It is part of the collection of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. and has -- according to the Library -- no known restrictions on reproduction.
The view is from the Prins Hendrikkade toward Zeedijk and the lock (where the bridge is -- see larger version). The church tower in the distance is part of the Old Church.
At either side of this canal one finds many 17th and 18th century warehouses. The back of the St. Nicholas Church is visible as well.