Sailing, Kiel, c. 1935

UNDATED – Edith Schweim cleans the deck of a sailing boat, supervised by her husband Otto (right) and her brother-in-law, Arthur Wilke, in Möltenort, Kiel, Germany. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

To conclude the week of maritime images on my blog, here’s a real gem from our family archive: My grandmother Edith cleans the deck of a sailing boat, while her husband Otto (right) and her brother-in-law, Arthur Wilke, stand on the pier, apparently in a pretty good mood. To me, it looks like the guys had made a joke about the quality of the work.

The image has been shot in Möltenort near Kiel, Germany, probably around 1935. It’s rare because very few images exist of the Möltenort marina from that time. Photography was still a niche hobby, and expensive, so very few people did shoot “fun shots” like this one.

I also like this photo because it shows the good mood of the family between the wars. They could focus on growing their small business in Kiel, which was striving, the kids would yet be born, and there were no signs of war. In hindsight, we know that life would present come challenges to them in the years to come…

The high resolution image

Capture Dateunknown, probably about 1935
LocationHeikendorf, Kiel, Germany
Image Source6 x 8 cm Print
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions2569 x 3769 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/
NFT 1/1coming soon

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