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September 21, 2020

50 Amazing Photos Capture Street Scenes of Copenhagen in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries

Born 1866 in Elsinore, Danish photographer and film director Peter Elfelt was a  known as the first movie pioneer in Denmark when he began making documentary films in 1897.

Copenhagen taken by Peter Elfelt from between the 1890s and early 1910s

In 1903, Elfelt filmed his only drama. The short film, titled Henrettelsen (Capital Execution), was the first fiction film made in Denmark. Based upon the actual execution of a French woman who murdered her two children.

Elfelt also shot the first advertising film. There is a 1904 example which advertises bock beer for the Svendborg Brewery. He opened the “København Kinoptikon” movie theater in 1901.

Although Elfelt was Denmark’s first pioneer of filmmaking, he considered film as secondary to his work as a photographer. Elfelt died in 1931.

These amazing photos were taken by Peter Elfelt that show street scenes of Copenhagen from between the 1890s and early 1910s.


Amager, Dyveke's yard

Amalienborg seen from the harbor

At Fuglsang Lake, Dyrehaven

At the beach

Botanical Garden

Church of Our Savior

Copenhagen City Hall

Copenhagen in snow


Dyrehavsbakken, Mester Jakel



Fishermen's wives, Gammel Strand

From Grønttorvet

Fuglevad mill, Sorgenfri

Gammel Strand

Grand-Place, Grote Markt


Guard parade at Amalienborg square, Copenhagen

Guard parade at the Marble Church

Guard parade, Amalienborg, Copenhagen

Guard parade, Amalienborg, Copenhagen

H. C. Ørsteds Vej

Kastellet church square

Kastellet, the guard parade plays


Kiosk by Grønningen




Our Lady Church

Peter Lieps Hus, Dyrehaven

Rådhuspladsen - Town Square

Skovshoved, Stejlebakken

Skovshoved, Stejlebakken


Sledding in Ulvedalene, Dyrehaven

Sledding in Ulvedalene, Dyrehaven

Sorgenfri Palace


State Museum for Art

Strandvejen by Emiliekilde

The arrival of the King of Siam. The kings of chariots

The castle grave with swans

The Marble Church

The royal family on the main staircase of Bernstorff Castle

The Stork Fountain


Zoo, the walrus

(Photo © Peter Elfelt)


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