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March 20, 2021

Fascinating Vintage Photos of Berlin in the Summer of 1957

Willy Pragher (born Wilhelm Alexander Pragher) was a German photographer and photojournalist. He studied and trained at the Reimann School of Art and Design, a private art school in Berlin. From 1932, he worked as a freelance press photographer for Ullstein, Berliner Illustrierte and Badische Zeitung. In 1944, Pragher was drafted into the Volkssturm, a national militia established by Nazi Germany during the last months of World War II. From 1945 to 1949, he was a prisoner of war in Siberia.

After he was set free, Pragher returned to Germany and took numerous photographs of almost everything. Here, we take a look at Pragher’s pictures of Berlin in the summer of 1957:

The DOB-Hochhaus on the Joachimsthalerstrasse section.

Corner of Tauentzienstrasse and Marburgerstrasse.

View from Café Huthmacher in the DOB-Hochhaus.

View from Kantstrasse to the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.

A kiosk on Kurfürstendamm.

Leiser shoe store on Tauentzienstrasse.

Berlin Zoologischer Garten station.

The colonnade at the Bikini-Haus.

View from Kantstrasse to the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.

Lehrter station before demolition.

Tauentzienstrasse looking from Passauerstrasse.

View of Joachimsthalerstrasse.

View of the undeveloped property of the Europa Center.

Kurfürstendamm looking from Breitscheidplatz.

Hansaplatz underground station.

View of Joachimsthalerstrasse.

Kurfürstendamm looking west from Joachimsthalerstrasse.

View of Joachimsthalerstrasse.

Kurfürstendamm at the Uhlandstrasse intersection.

Zoo Palast and Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.

View from Hallesches Tor underground station to the destroyed Mehringplatz.

(via Flashbak)


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