September 17, 2018

22 Black and White Photos That Capture Street Scenes of Zürich in the 1950s

Zürich is the largest city in Switzerland and the capital of the canton of Zürich. It is located in north-central Switzerland at the northwestern tip of Lake Zürich. Zürich is a hub for railways, roads, and air traffic. Both Zürich Airport and railway station are the largest and busiest in the country.

The official language of Zürich is German, but the main spoken language is the local variant of the Alemannic Swiss German dialect, Zürich German.

Many museums and art galleries can be found in the city, including the Swiss National Museum and the Kunsthaus. Schauspielhaus Zürich is one of the most important theatres in the German-speaking world.

Zürich is a leading global city and among the world's largest financial centres despite having a relatively small population. The city is home to a large number of financial institutions and banking companies. Most of Switzerland's research and development centres are concentrated in Zürich and the low tax rates attract overseas companies to set up their headquarters there.

Here below is a small photo set from bad_boxer that shows how Zürich was like in the 1950s.

The new main entrance (without doors, with 'air curtain') from the department store Oscar Weber in Zürich on the Bahnhofstrasse, 1952

Grieder on the Bahnhofstrasse, Zürich, 1952

Jelmoli department store, Zürich, 1952

The fashion house Robert Ober in Zürich at the Gessnerallee and Sihlbrücke, 1953

The fashion house Robert Ober in Zürich at the Gessnerallee and Sihlbrücke, 1953

The fashion house Robert Ober in Zürich at the Gessnerallee and Sihlbrücke, 1953

 Fein Kaller store in Zürich, 1954

Bahnhofstrasse corner Uraniastrasse, today Modissa House, Zürich, 1956

Bahnhofstrasse corner Uraniastrasse, today Modissa House, Zürich, 1956

Demolition of the bank association at the Paradeplatz, Zürich, 1956

Bahnhofstrasse Christmas lighting in Zürich, 1957

 Oscar Weber department store at the Bahnhofstrasse 75, Zürich, 1958, formerly Julius Brann, today Manor

Oscar Weber department store showcase in Zürich, 1958

Sihlporte, Zürich, 1959

The modern Jelmoli department store in Zürich, 1959

Bahnhofstrasse, Zürich, circa 1950

Oscar Weber department store, Bahnhofstrasse, Zürich, circa 1950

Oscar Weber department store, Bahnhofstrasse, Zürich, circa 1950

The Paradeplatz, Zürich, circa 1950

The Paradeplatz, Zürich, circa 1950

Zürich station square, Bahnhofstrasse, circa 1950

Zurich station square, circa 1950





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