An April Fool's joke in Holland: A baby in a basket, hanging from a stork's nest in a field (polder). This of course references the Western European belief that storks arriving in the spring -after wintering in Africa - are messengers of spring and fertility.
As white storks often nest on rooftops, fanciful stories about the birds dropping babies down the chimney were told. These myths were perpetuated first in the Victorian era and later in 20th-century cartoons. Parents in Europe and the United States often informed their children that a stork delivered their new brother or sister.
Photo by David Holmes.