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May 10, 2017

30 Incredible Photos Capture Everyday Life of Germany in the Early 1880s

Carl Curman (1833 – 1913) was a Swedish physician and a scientist - as well as a prominent amateur photographer. He did a lot of travelling abroad in Europe, mainly to study health resorts, but also to study art and architecture.

These photos from Swedish National Heritage Board were taken in Germany in the early 1880s when he traveled there.


Calla Curman, wife of Carl Curman, in a street in Heidelberg (Schlosshotel on the hill in the background), 1881

Gathering at Schlosshotel in Heidelberg, 1881

Heidelberg with River Neckar, 1881

Heidelberg with River Neckar, 1881

 Heidelberg with vineyard terraces in the foreground (River Neckar in the background), 1881

 Hornberg, Schwarzwald (Black Forest), 1881

Marktplatz, the old Market Place, Stuttgart, 1881

Marktplatz, the old Market Place, Stuttgart, 1881

 River Neckar with the Old Bridge, Heidelberg,1881

Schillerplatz, Schiller Place, in Stuttgart, 1881

 The Kornmarkt in Heidelberg with horse carriages, 1881

 Buildings in the Historic Town of Goslar, 1882

 Chapel of ruined Church of St. Simon and Judas, Goslar, 1882

Marktplatz (Market Square) in the Historic Town of Goslar, 1882

 The Historic Town of Goslar in Germany (Towers of Marktkirche Church behind the tree), 1882

Waves rolling in at a beach on the island of Sylt, 1882

At Schöne Ecke street in Wernigerode, by the creek Zillierbach (Wernigerode Castle on a hill in the background), 1885

Wernigerode with Wernigerode Castle on a hill in the background, 1885

Women in Wernigerode (Wernigerode Castle on a hill in the background), 1885

A wanderer on his way to Brocken Mountain in the Harz mountain chain, ca. 1880s

Beach on the island of Sylt, ca. 1880s

 Beach on the island of Sylt, ca. 1880s

 Farmstead on the island of Sylt, ca. 1880s

 Farmstead with people and cattle on the island of Sylt, ca. 1880s

 Frisian girl from the island of Sylt, ca. 1880s

 Königstrasse in Hannover, ca. 1880s

 Spa in Bad Harzburg, Lower Saxony, ca. 1880s

 Triberg Waterfalls in the Black Forest, Schwarzwald, ca. 1880s

 Triberg Waterfalls in the Black Forest, Schwarzwald, ca. 1880s

 Village on the island of Sylt, ca. 1880s



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