The Time Berlin Became a Metropolis

Mehringplatz, photo: Robert Prager, 1894

There was a time when Berlin was a kingly residence, a time of Prussian glory.
In the 19th century, the city changed with the industrialization in full swing. After that, it became the capital of the Wilhelmine empire. The photographs of that time document a city in change, Berlin’s transition into a metropolis.

Miriam Paeslack put together a coffee table book full of treasures of photography that illustrate the city’s change. Her book “Berlin im 19. Jahrhundert: Frühe Photographien 1850-1914” was published at Schirmer/Mosel. See some of the impressive photos of a Berlin long ahead our time right after the jump.

Kupfergraben with Jungfernbrücke, photo: Waldemar Titzenthaler, 1909

Eisenbahnbrücke Mühlendammstraße Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, photo: Georg Bartels, 1894

Ernst-Reuter-Platz, photo: Wolfgang Titzenthaler, 1900

Former Lehrter Bahnhof, photo: Stengel & Co., 1900

The former Prenzlauer Tor, photo: F.A. Schwartz, 1888

Construction of aerial railway at Gitschiner Straße Kreuzberg, photographer unknown

Viktoriapark Kreuzberg, photo: F.A. Schwartz, 1887

Abattoir Strousberg, Brunnenstraße in Mitte, photo: Hermann Günther
all photos courtesy Schirmer/Mosel

You can see more impressive photographs in the book “Berlin im 19. Jahrhundert: Frühe Photographie 1850 – 1914” published by Schirmer/Mosel and you can get it here and here.

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