Vintage

Vintage: historic views of Breslau in the late 19th Century

Vintage: historic views of Breslau in the late 19th Century

Breslau became part of the German Empire in 1871, which was established at Versailles in defeated France. The early years were characterized by rapid economic growth, the so-called Gründerzeit, although Breslau was hampered by protectionist policies of its natural markets in Austria-Hungary and Russia and had to turn to the German domestic market. Breslau’s population grew from 208,000 in 1871…
Vintage: Panama Canal Construction (1904-1914)

Vintage: Panama Canal Construction (1904-1914)

By the late nineteenth century, technological advances and commercial pressure allowed construction to begin in earnest. An initial attempt by France to build a sea-level canal failed after a great deal of excavation. This enabled the United States to complete the present canal in 1913 and open it to shipping the following year. The state of Panama was created with…
Vintage: Constructing the Berlin Wall (1961)

Vintage: Constructing the Berlin Wall (1961)

The 140-kilometer Berlin Wall was in fact two barriers. The first was constructed rapidly in August 1961. The second, parallel barrier, 100 meters into the Eastern zone, was erected in June 1962. The area in between the two barriers was known as the Death Strip. The wall was initially constructed as a wire fence. By its demise in 1989, it…
Vintage Mug Shot of criminals from Newcastle upon Tyne (1930s)

Vintage Mug Shot of criminals from Newcastle upon Tyne (1930s)

This mug shot comes from a police identification book believed to be from the 1930s. It was originally found in a junk shop by a member of the public and subsequently donated to Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums. No information is available to confirm which police force compiled it but evidence suggests it’s from the Newcastle upon Tyne area.
Vintage Postcards of actress Miss Maude Fealy (1900s)

Vintage Postcards of actress Miss Maude Fealy (1900s)

Photo collection of early XX century Vintage Postcards of actress Miss Maude Fealy (1900s). Maude Fealy (1883 – 1971) was an American stage and silent film actress who survived into the talkie era. At the age of three, she performed on stage with her mother and went on to make her Broadway debut in the 1900 production of Quo Vadis,…
Vintage: Scooters (1916 – 1938)

Vintage: Scooters (1916 – 1938)

Kick scooters – a flat board on wheels with a long handle at the front, propelled by foot – have been made for at least 100 years as toys for children. Florence’s Autoped was one of the first examples of motorised kick scooters. Like a child’s scooter, it had no seat. Manufactured in New York and Germany by Krupps, the…
Vintage: Photos of West African Villages and its People (1910-1913)

Vintage: Photos of West African Villages and its People (1910-1913)

Photos in this set were taken by H. Hunting of the Paterson Zochonis trading company between approximately 1910 and 1913.  The company began as a trading post in 1879, and began shipping African products to the United Kindom and importing English goods.  The company grew and expanded to Nigeria in 1899, and these photographs are of company employees and their…