Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin
Today´s Berlin Brushstrokes picture is “Gleisdreieck” (after a large inner-city Berlin railway junction and the scene of the 1908 railway accident described in our previous post) a lithographic print by an American author and artist, Joseph Pennell.
It was made during Pennell´s visit to Berlin in 1914 and after the junction had been re-designed and build anew to avoid similar catastrophes as the one which took place there on September 26, 1908. The American illustrator spent his time travelling around the city and creating invaluable impressions of it.
Interestingly, Pennell must have found Berlin a particularly agreeable city (and would have quite likely still found it so today): both he and his wife, Elisabeth Robbins Pennell, were eager cyclists and left behind an extensive collection of both guide- and handbooks for bicycling´s fans. Between April and August of 1892 “The London Illustrated News” published a series of articles signed by Pennell´s wife and entitled “From Berlin to Buda Pest on a Bicycle”.