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July 31, 2021

Beautiful Vintage Color Slides of West Berlin in Summer 1953

After the end of the war, Germany was on its way to rebuild. A divided microcosm of the Cold War by the 1950s, West Berlin, however, was able to emerge from the severe rubble and successfully transformed into a “showcase of the West” from the economic miracle.

These fantastic Kodachrome photographs of the city were taken by Irma Louise, a Southern Californian, during the summer of 1953. For more fascinating vintage photographs, visit Found Slides.

Kurfurstendam

Corner-East-West-Axelstrasse

Apt Bldgs destroyed nr Potsdamerplatz

Kuefurstendam Strasses

Kurfurstendam

Olympic Stadium swimming pool

Olympic Stadium swimming pool

Coronation Film Showing

East Berlin Gate

Kaiser Wilhelm Tower

Kurfurstendam

Crowds at Wannsee

Crowds at Wannsee

Construction

Restaurant

Russian Memorial & Reichstag

Kuefurstendam Strasses

Street scene

Luetzow Platz

Movie theatre

Spree River

Potsdamerplatz at end of street

Olympic Stadium

Kurfurstendam

Hotel and restaurant

Aerial view of Berlin




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