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Hochbahn

September 5, 2012 | By |

Hochbahn Ecke Skalitzer-, Wiener- und Oranienstrasse Berlin, ca 1900

This gorgeous historic image shows the intersection of Skalitzer, Wiener and Oranienstrasse in Berlin, ca 1900. It’s just around the corner from where I live, so it’s cool to get to compare how the area has changed. Not that much, actually, taking into account the basic street layout. Horse-drawn trams aren’t around anymore, but the above-the-ground subway (given the image its title “Hochbahn”) is still there, the intersection layout is the same, many people jaywalk at any given time, then as today. I think even the advertising column is still at the same spot, although I’d have to check.

I’ve always hope there would be an augmented reality app, or a Layar layer, that aggregates historic images like this one, and based on geo tag let’s you see streets and houses as they looked ten, fifty or a hundred years ago. (If this exists already, drop me a line, will you?)

(Thanks for the pointer, Martin!)

Source: Wikimedia Commons. The image is in the Public Domain.

Comments

  1. I’ve always wanted to see a picture (drawing/painting I guess!) of the original tax wall that took up that space. If you know of any, please share!

  2. Huh? What’s a tax wall?

  3. The “original” Berlin wall. Which is also why there are all those places with train station or gate names to different cities – Kottbusser Tor, Barandenburger Tor, Oranienburger Tor, Hamburger Bahnhof or your own Görlitzer Bahnhof. The gates were in that wall, the train stations were all built outside that wall. http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berliner_Zollmauer

    Okay, the English page translates it as “Customs Wall”. My bad!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berlin_Customs_Wall

  4. Whoa – I had no idea, neat! Thanks for the pointer!