Color photographs of Europe in 1936
1936 was marked in history as a rather alarming year. War is brewing in Europe, fascist Italy invades Ethiopia, in Spain fascist forces revolt against the government, and Nazi Germany is arming itself heavily. In a word, the fast horrors of the Nazi regime are already obvious to many, but no one in the west refuses the Olympics in Germany.
With 49 countries and 3961 athletes, these Games set a new record for the number of participants. The star of the Olympics was the African-American Jesse Owens, who won four gold medals.
And at this time, the Germans are busy with how to determine race, for example, by eye color:
In February 1937, a large article entitled “Changing Berlin” was published in the American National Geographic magazine, illustrated with color photographs by two authors * Hans Hildenbrand and Wilhelm Tobien) taken in the previous Olympic year. On the occasion of the games, the city is decorated with flags of different countries:
On most frames, the usual, everyday life of a large European metropolis.But the abundance of banners with a swastika does not allow to forget about the era:
In one of the Berlin recreation areas, 1936:
Mobile post office:
Templehof Airport near Berlin:
Model Shipbuilding School in Potsdam:
These pictures were taken on Agfakolor film, but the printing technology turned them almost into a rough coloring. German gas station 1936:
The real quality of color photographs of 1936 can be seen only in the works of the Dutchman Bernard Eilers, who used the color separation method (synchronous shooting on three plates through filters). He shot in different countries of Europe, in his 1936 photographs belong to Holland and Belgium. Feast in honor of the royal family at the stadium in Amsterdam:
A typical view in Amsterdam, both in 1936 and in 2013:
The old Bruges of 1936 can hardly be distinguished from the modern:
Much better time marks are seen in the picture of the Dutch city of Hilversum:
This is already a "time machine", you can immerse yourself in the atmosphere. Another view in the same Hilversum:
Although shooting and synchronous, at once on three plates, the exposure time is still too big for reportage shots:
Then again there are photos taken on color film or even autochrome plates.Gateway Area in Stockholm 1936:
In France in 1936, an unprecedented influx of resort visitors: the socialist government of Leon Blum pushed through a package of social laws and the workers for the first time en masse went on vacation to the seashore.