The collection contains about 7,500 photos taken by the cruise ship photographers Oswald Lübeck and Franz Grasser. They've been made public by Deutschen Fotothek.
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As an official cruise ship photographer for Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfahrt-Actien-Gesellschaft (HAPAG) Oswald Lübeck traveled the oceans between 1905 and 1914. The collection contains approx. 4,200 digitised photographic plates and film slides. Some are stereo photos, some others are autochrome (early color photography).
The amazing and sometimnes exotic touch of the collection shows the interior of the cruise ships and the life on board, as well as tourist sites with landscapes and monuments in Latin-America and the polar sea.
About 4,200 post-colonial – but still imperialistic – impressions by Franz Grassers. He took these photos as an official board photographer for HAPAG between 1936 and 1939.
The cruised the mediteranian sea, and the East coast of Amarica.
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