Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin


This week we will be presenting historical images of Berlin around and during Christmas time: how the city prepared for and celebrated the holiday, what traditions it followed and how its residents went about the preparations and how they used that rare commodity known as “leisure time”.

Let us open with this heartwarming photo of a cheerful traffic warden collecting little gifts traditionally left for him by drivers and cyclists – the tradition, mind you, is dead and not only because of the obvious absence of the said traffic wardens. In all honesty, considering the increasingly acute problem of omnipresent lack of respect on Berlin’s streets, it is hard to imagine drivers and cyclists keeping that tradition alive.

So let us go back in time to “The Days when All was Good with the World” (which it obviously wasn’t but, hey, sometimes History is just what you make it:-).

Traffic warden with his little gifts from the grateful citizens, 24 December 1931 (photo by Georg Pahl via Bundesarchiv, Bild 102-12847 / CC-BY-SA 3.0).


3 comments on “CHRISTMAS IN BERLIN: DAY 1

  1. lostfunzone (dothob)
    December 18, 2017

    Wirklich leider unvorstellbar heute… Aber schön!

  2. Peer van Daalen
    December 18, 2017

    1921 or 1931? There are two different dates in EXIF…

    • notmsparker
      December 19, 2017

      1931 – Bundesarchiv record details are provided on the right bottom corner. Also Georg Pahl did not work as a photo journalist in 1921.


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