Photo Of The Day From Scotland: Golden Light On The Royal Mile

The photo of the day for today is from Edinburgh, Scotland.

The sun was beginning to go down on this cold Spring day when suddenly the sun blasted through the clouds, creating a golden-white light on one end of the Royal Mile and deep shade on the other side.

 

A blast of golden-white light illuminates one end of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland on a brisk late-winter day.

A blast of golden-white light illuminates one end of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland on a brisk late-winter day.


 

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MORE Vintage World War II Posters from Germany

Today is the final article from the German Historical Museum in Berlin, Germany.

With the exception of one bit of commentary further down, I am going to let the artwork speak for itself. These are all original posters that are rarely seen outside of Europe. And in spite the horrors of this period in history, I am grateful that someone thought to preserve these for posterity.

 

Hitler Election Campaign Poster

Hitler Election Campaign Poster


 
Hindenburg and Hitler Poster

Hindenburg and Hitler Poster


 
Raised Arm Salute

Raised Arm Salute


 
Hitler believed that his war was a contemporary religious and racial Crusade.

Hitler believed that his war was a contemporary religious and racial Crusade.


 
The worker and the soldier are apparently united against Socialism. The red star and Hammer & Sickle symbol on the jacket of the bottom figure reference the Russians aka USSR -- Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. And that same figure has clothing that references the stars and stripes of the USA and a top hat with the British flag on it. Interesting political statement!

The worker and the soldier are apparently united against Socialism. The red star and Hammer & Sickle symbol on the jacket of the bottom figure reference the Russians aka USSR — Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. And that same figure has clothing that references the stars and stripes of the USA and a top hat with the British flag on it. An interesting and layered political statement!


 
Kampffront -- Battle Front Black White Red

Kampffront — Battle Front Black White Red


 
I’d like to make a few comments about the final poster. As we stood in front of it, it was clear that it was a poster for a film, but I had no idea what the context was. As I researched the title, I discovered that this was a rather infamous movie that served its purpose — to create a divisive attitude of resentment and outright hatred of the Jews in Europe.

Jud Suss ended up being considered to be one of the most anti-semetic films of all time and it was well attended in every movie theatre. It was fully supported by Hitler’s devoted follower and Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945 — Joseph Goebbels.

The artwork of the poster was even meant to summon up negative emotions amongst the everyday German population by showing the title character with a deeply green and reptilian skin colour and sinister-looking yellow eyes. I have placed a link to the article about this film in the paragraph above.
 

Poster advertising the anti-semetic film Jus Suss.

Poster advertising the anti-semetic film Jus Suss.


 

I hope you have enjoyed a glimpse at this rather strange social and political time period.

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Vintage World War II Posters from Germany

In this second part of the visit to the Zeughaus, the late 17th and early 18th Century building that houses the German Historical Museum in Berlin, the Deutsches Historisches Museum — I must admit that it was both fascinating and a bit off-putting.

In the lead-up to those galleries full of nationalistic poster art, there are exhibits of social history that explained the frightful poverty and economic collapse in Germany in the period leading up to World War II.

Since there are so many images, I have decided to do a 3rd post about this museum. With the exception of the one rather depressing ink drawing style poster from the 1930s showing a starving family, today’s article shows lots of happy and upbeat propaganda to reinforce the message that the German people were unified in their thinking and to drum up feelings of purposefulness about their cause.

 

A 1930s poster showing a woman and child in extreme poverty.

A 1930s poster showing a mother and children in extreme poverty.


 
1936 Winter Olympics poster

1936 Winter Olympics poster


 
Silhouette of the top of the iconic Brandenburg Gate in Berlin overlaid onto this poster for the summer Olympics.

Silhouette of the top of the iconic Brandenburg Gate in Berlin overlaid onto this poster for the summer Olympics.


 
The German ideal of happy families with blonde hair and healthy bodies was highly encouraged.

The German ideal of happy families with blonde hair and healthy bodies was highly encouraged.


 
More perfect-looking blonde children to create Hitler's future Utopia.

More perfect-looking blonde children to create Hitler’s future Utopia.


 
And of course, the idea was heavily promoted that once this temporary messiness of war was over, all good German working families would have prosperity and their own car for drives in the countryside. Recognise the early Volkswagon?

And of course, the idea was heavily promoted that once this temporary messiness of war was over, all good German working families would have prosperity and their own car for drives in the countryside. Recognise the early Volkswagon?


 
Whether you are a university educated man who works with his brain or a tradesman who works with his hands, the we're-all-in-this-together approach is on display in this propaganda poster.

Whether you are a university educated man who works with his brain or a tradesman who works with his hands, the we’re-all-in-this-together approach is on display in this propaganda poster.


 
The glamourous airships or Zeppelins were still flying into the late 1930s. They provided a mental boost to the German public about their superiority with the construction of these massive airships.

The glamourous airships or Zeppelins were still flying into the late 1930s. They provided a mental boost to the German public about their superiority with the construction of these massive airships.


 
The era of the Zeppelins came to an end in 1937 with the Hindenburg Disaster which took the lives of 35 out of 97 people on board. All remaining German airships were ordered to be destroyed in 1940. The article at the link above is quite comprehensive and if you are interested in that sort of aviation history, it’s definitely worth the time to read through it.

The third and final article from this museum in Berlin shows World War II posters from Germany that are significantly less sunny and optimistic. Watch for those in my next article.

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A Day At The Zeughaus — The German Historical Museum in Berlin

We weren’t sure what to expect when we visited the German Historical Museum in Berlin, more correctly known by the actual name Deutsches Historisches Museum on the wonderful street, Unter den Linden. The charming street name translates to under the linden trees.

The museum is housed in an equally historical building, the Zeughaus — the oldest building on Unter den Linden and a former arsenal built between 1695 and 1730 in the Baroque architectural style.

Although ancient and relatively contemporary history is always interesting, both of us are quite curious about the historical periods from the 1920s through the 1940s — and this museum certainly didn’t let us down in that regard. It has halls full of information, remnants of those decades gone by, and a large collection on the emergence of the German Third Reich. Below is a small selection of what is on display.

The next TWO articles after this one will have a very specific theme. They will be photo essays of original World War II proganda posters distributed by the Nazi government of the time. So do come back and see some of that artwork that is rarely seen outside of Europe.

 

The courtyard of the German Historical Museum, established in the historic Zeughaus building, contains an I.M. Pei designed roofline over the large courtyard.

The courtyard of the German Historical Museum, established in the historic Zeughaus building, contains an I.M. Pei designed roofline over the large courtyard.


 
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A vintage petrol pump from the 1920s-40s.

A vintage petrol pump from the 1920s-40s.


 
Vintage motorcycle

Pre-World War II motorcycle


 
Vintage coffee set

Complete coffee set


 
A display of vintage lingerie and clothing is right next to a display filled with old typewriters!

Rather oddly — a display of vintage lingerie and clothing is right next to a display filled with old typewriters!


 
Sailor ceramic statue -- advertising art.

Sailor ceramic statue — advertising art.


 
A poster for the 1927 Fritz Lang masterpiece film -- Metropolis.

A poster for the 1927 Fritz Lang masterpiece film — Metropolis.


 
Row of German uniform jackets with a swastika on each of them.

Row of German uniform jackets with a swastika on each of them.


 

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Coast To Coast By Rail on Amtrak in the USA

One of the most enjoyable long train journeys that we’ve ever made was on an Amtrak service in the USA. We began in Cincinnati, Ohio and travelled in comfort for several days in our reserved sleeping car, enjoying excellent meals in the dining car each day (included in the cost of our tiny but cozy private compartment). As we watched the upper part of the USA roll by outside our windows, we laughed at how incredible FLAT the landscape was across the midwest.

Yes, it takes you longer to get from point to point when you substitute train travel for plane travel. But the pace of travel is slow, deliberate, and relaxed and you are not confined to sitting in a cramped seat stacked row after row inside a metal tube. There is something quite delightful about being able to walk for awhile, traverse the length of the train and back at meal times, eat very pleasant full meals or have a quick snack from a bistro car.

Enjoy this mini-look at a few cross country highlights.

 

A comfortable Amtrak sleeper car at a rest stop in Montana.

A comfortable Amtrak sleeper car at a rest stop in Montana.


 
With bright blue skies and open fields beyond, these grain silos with rail lines in the foreground represent the movement of food products across the USA.

With bright blue skies and open fields beyond, these grain silos with rail lines in the foreground represent the movement of food products across the USA.


 
Interior of the beautiful railway station in Portland, Oregon. Shown is a long line of people waiting for their boarding passes -- a line we didn't have to get into because we were pre-assigned by purchasing sleeper car tickets.

Interior of the beautiful railway station in Portland, Oregon. Shown is a long line of people waiting for their boarding passes — a line we didn’t have to get into because we were pre-assigned by purchasing sleeper car tickets.


 
Bistro car on the Amtrak rail service.

Bistro car on the Amtrak rail service.


 
How appropriate is that sign on the tower above the Portland rail station!

How appropriate is that sign on the tower above the Portland rail station!


 
Deborah leaning out of her sleeping car on the way to the West Coast of the USA.

Deborah leaning out of her sleeping car on the way to the West Coast of the USA.


 

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Photo Of The Day: Up The Stairs & Into The Fog

There are days in Normandy when the weather is less than sunny and bright and the fog rolls off the ocean into the seacoast towns.

Today’s picture of the day in black and white is a simple shot — up a set of stairs that are clad in the same cobblestone as the streets below and into the bright but strange light of the fog.

Enjoy!

 

Up the stairs in Granville, a historic seaside town in Normandy, and into the fog at the top of the stairs.

Up the stairs in Granville, a historic seaside town in Normandy, and into the fog beyond. B&W


 

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Photo Of The Day: The Tourist Train in Bayeux, Normandy, France

As I mentioned in yesterday’s photo essay, Bayeux is both charming and VERY easily walkable. But apparently some people don’t want to ramble around the cobblestone streets discovering fabbo little photo ops — or maybe they just have tired feet, eh?

The local tourism board has sorted that out then with this Tourist Train that departs from the Bayeux Cathedral and rolls you along in comfort though the streets of this very pretty town in northern France.

 

The tourist train in Bayeux, a lovely town in the Normandy region of France.

The tourist train in Bayeux, a lovely town in the Normandy region of France.


 

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