Bismarck Monument, Feldberg, c. 1930

An undated photo shows the Bismarck Monument at the Feldberg in Germany. Scan © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

The tip of the Seebuck mountain is the second highest place of the Feldberg in the Black Forest in Germany. Since 1896 it has been home to the Bismarckdenkmal, honoring the founder of the German Reich, Otto von Bismarck. The Feldberg has been a popular destination for hikers and tourists for a long time as it offers stunning panorama views across the Black Forest.

This undated image from our family archive shows a busy summer morning, probably in the early 1930s. It’s interesting to have so many photographers (one at the monument, one on the right, and – behind the camera – the ancestor who shot this image) in this place. So, photography had found its way to consumers already by that time.

The place itself has not substantially changed since the photo was taken. Over time, fences have been added to protect the greens around the viewpoint, and there is an informative poster today. If you are in the area, I’d recommend considering a visit to the Feldberg.

The high resolution image

Capture Dateunknown, c. 1930
LocationFeldberg, Germany
Image Source7 x 10 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 Dimensions4631 x 3172 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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