Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin


This little boy carrying a Christmas tree was photographed by Willy Römer in December 1920. Perhaps even in Kreuzberg where the photographer lived at the time in a small flat in Belle-Alliance-Straße (now Mehringdamm).

The tree must have been quite an investment in a city whose residents suffered increasing poverty and deprivation due to the #WWI expenses and the war reparations Germany was forced to pay afterwards.

In fact such was the shortage of staple products that the government introduced what was known as Kuchenbackverbot – Cake Baking Ban. Berlin’s bakers and confectioners were allowed only minimal amounts of flour. Not enough to produce every Berliner’s favourite little luxury.

Image via Kunstbibliothek, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.

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