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The Berlin Wall was hammered away...
I was a little over ten when these tourists asked me to take their picture...
You mean they can develop photos in as little as an hour in the West?
I still remember pooling some of the 'welcome money' given to Ossie's with a friend to buy a big sheet pizza. Good eating that was
We didn't have a camera then so not much else in the way of pictures so how about another one of my posts with old pictures from books and tourist brochures?
To begin at the beguine... Brandenburg Tor and Unter'n Linden in the 1930s
It had been badly damaged after The War but it had been repaired as a joint effort by both sides. In 1961 barbed wire was strung up at the border for some sort of make-work building project...
Ve didn't build a vall! Es iss just eine really tall kerb...
Even in the 80s Pariser Platz was still a desolate wasteland
Midtown 1900s... Led Zeppelin had just started touring
Colour scene in 1936
Museum Island and the Berliner Dom
Berliner Dom. Belfries took a hit during The War. The DDR took its sweet time restoring it...
...and still did a half-arsed job
By the end of the 80s the Nikolaiveirtel had been restored in similar fashion...
Alexanderplatz in the late 1920s. The two framing buildings in foreground survived The War and the DDR's urban renewal programme that swept away much of what was left of the Mitte district including the Werheim store beyond the tracks.
The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial church before The War
What was left afterwards was surrounded by egg crates and a shopping district...
Anhalter Bahnhof - once Berlin's main station now a car park though I suspect it's being developed nowadays...
Karlstadt's Hermannplatz branch store. Taken over by the SS for their records and blown up during the Battle of Berlin. A small remnant survived and was incorporated in a smaller iteration of the store before being finally demolished sometime in the last few years.
'Horseshoe flats' in suburban Britz section
After reunification our family moved into a house owned by father's family - he'd been on the other side courting mother and opted to stay. I've since moved to the states having enjoyed my time as an exchange student in the mid-90s.
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Franny Wentzel: 9th Nov 2009 - 16:25 GMT
Aside from the city palace, Kartstadts was the most hurtful loss to the cityscape. The five story bit in the corner was what was left when they rebuilt...
Ken: 25th Nov 2009 - 18:04 GMT
Interesting. I noticed the old part of the karstadt building while walking through Berlins streets. But I didnt now why it was just a small part of the building. Now I know :)
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