Color Photos of Duisburg, Germany in 1920s – Archives of the Planet

Archives of the Planet Collection #12

In 1921 and 1923, photographer Frédéric Gadmer, who worked for the project “Archives of the Planet” (French: Les Archives de la Planète), visited the German city of Duisburg and captured alluring color photos of the country. 

Archives of the Planet was a project initiated by Albert Kahn, a French banker and philanthropist, and it aimed to create “a kind of photographic inventory of the surface of the earth, as it was occupied and organized by men at the beginning of the 20th century.” We may consider it to be an oldschool Google Maps.

Disclaimer: The photos belong to the archives of “Musée Albert-Khan – Département des Hauts-de-Seine”

French occupation, Belgian Sentinel on the bridge / Duisburg / May 1921
French occupation, Belgian Sentinel on the bridge / Duisburg / May 1921
The Shiffer Place and the monument of William I and Bismarck / Duisburg / May 1921
Ships on the Rhine River / Duisburg / May 1921
Overview of the Rhine and Great Bridge / Duisburg / May 1921
A French soldier on the bridge during the French occupation / Duisburg / May 1921
Belgian soldiers changing posts at the entrance to the Rhine Bridge / Duisburg / May 1921
Panoramic view of the Ruhrort Factories / Duisburg / May 1921
The Theater / Duisburg / May 1921
French soldiers in front of the Palace of Justice / Duisburg / May 1921
Proclamation poster / Duisburg / May 1921


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