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Travel PhotoGraphy 1905-1939

Deutsche Fassung

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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A tooltip contains title, description and year. Clicking a thumbnail opens a new tab with the full size image; the info page is linked under the little blue dots.

Mike.ashworth: For those of you who enjoy old #Edinburgh - there are some cracking images in this set that I've discovered. so nip & have a look!

Oswald Lübeck

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.

Lübeck Thumbnails

Franz Grasser

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.

Grasser Thumbnails

Some Tips’n’Tricks for Happy Timetravel

Note the PhotoFilter field bottom left of the thumbnail page. It is a full-text filter on the descriptions of the photos. Hover the mouse over the images to see the dewcriptions and get some ideas what to look for. You can also combine terms with a '+' sign to get a logical and result list.

Bottom right are two buttons to either sort by ID or aspect ratio. This is helpful to find panorama and stereo photos.

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