Irma Luise was a well-to-do American and an amateur photographer who arrived in West Berlin in July 1953. Her camera, loaded with Kodachrome film, allowed her to capture street scenes … Continue reading
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One of the lost and long-forgotten professions – an itinerant scissors (or knife) grinder – in the streets of Berlin in 1904.
In 1947 the city´s oldest public park, the Tiergarten, was still used for farming: horticulture instead of “amusemang” (Berlinerisch-French word). In fact, the site was divided into 3,000 allotments … Continue reading
To celebrate the first proper snowfall this winter here is another wonderful Berlin painting: “Snow in the Tiergarten” – view from Max Liebermann´s studio at Pariser Platz as seen by … Continue reading
An illuminated Christmas tree on the corner of Zimmer Strasse and Lindenstrasse in December 1961. The corner building will soon be demolished along with the rest of the block to make … Continue reading
Until now “Berliner Straßenszene” by Karl Holtz, a picture owned by Berlin´s Stiftung Stadtmuseum and painted in the early 1920s, has been dated for 1920-1923. However, the tram line No. 21 … Continue reading
The title of this 1930 painting by Hans Baluschek can be translated either as „At dawn“ or as “Morning Horrors”. It is one of the most moving documents of the … Continue reading
Beermanstrasse in Berlin-Treptow: demolition in progress, making space for the future A100 motorway. Those lovingly renovated and densely populated houses close to the Treptower Park were voted redundant and are … Continue reading
Once a year, usually in autumn, Berlin turns into a historic-site paradise: closed doors open to reveal places not accessible to the public; stories are told of long forgotten people … Continue reading
Sotheby´s, the world-famous auction house in London where Liebermann´s painting was sold in 2011 for almost a million pounds described it on their page as follows:”According to Dr Matthias Eberle, … Continue reading
Here is a wonderful summer painting by one of Berlin´s great artists, Walter Leistikow, “Abendstimmung am Schlachtensee” (“Evening at the Schlachtensee”). Another personal favourite, looked at with particularly great fondness … Continue reading
Spotted last summer in Graefestrasse next to Kottbusser Brücke. Clearly, somebody cares after all and makes sure that the hare-brained drivers get the message (loosely translated as “Awesome parking skills, … Continue reading
The Opernhaus, in 1742 still known as the “Hofoper” (Court Opera House), was re-named “Königliches Opernhaus” (Royal Opera House) in 1844 , only to become the “Staatsoper unter den Linden” … Continue reading
Did you know that looking from high above it is still possible to tell between the former East and West Berlin? Maybe not during the day, but after dark it … Continue reading
With the snowfall and the wintry weather outside the windows, let us a have look at one of the most beautiful images of the early 20th-century Berlin: the “Tiefer Schnee” … Continue reading