High above Mittenwald, Germany, 1952

DECEMBER 1952 – View across the mountain station of the lift between Mittenwald, Germany, and the Kranzberg. Scan © Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com


The story behind the image

Here’s a perfect example why sifting through the family archives is exciting. This photo is from a trip in December 1952 to the southern-most part of Germany, into the Bavarian Alps.

The photo shows the mountain station of the seated Kranzberg lift that brings guests up to the Kranzberg, one of the mountains near Mittenwald. Today it is called the ‘winter sleigh track station’, but I can’t say whether this was its purpose and name back in 1952.

What I can say is that I found a photo from 2017 that was captured from a similar position (probably a bit lower than the one from 1952). The most remarkable difference is the size of the trees! In 1952 they were about as high as the roof top. Today they are huge, easily two to three times their size back then. That’s an amazing change. (This is confirmed by this photograph of 2019.)

Despite the change of the trees, the shack seems to have survived the decades with little change.


The high resolution image

Capture DateDecember 1952
LocationMittenwald, Germany
Image Source7 x 10 cm Print from Original Negative Film
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4521 x 3121 Pixels
CopyrightScan © by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

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