Jägersberg, Kiel, Germany, early 1960s

JANUARY 1963 – View towards into the street Jägersberg in Kiel, Germany, after heavy snowfall. © Inga Zanzig/zanzig.com

The story behind the image

My mother took this image in Kiel, Germany, from an appartment or office located in Jägersberg 5 after a night with heavy snowfall in the early 1960s. Please note the almost complete absence of cars. Just three cars are visible.

Today, it is a one-way street, and both sides of the street are lined with parking cars. I counted about 50 cars on a recent satellite image for the section of the street that is visible in the image. This means a 12x increase within 60 years. Wow. Could this be really true? Well, it could be. In 1962 there were about 6.3 million cars registered in Germany. This number has risen to 47.7 million cars in 2021. That’s a 7.5x increase and close enough.

Anyway, I think this photo is an exciting document from a time where owning a car was still a dream for many. Also note the signs for the Om de Eck pub (literally Around The Corner in the local tongue) and the driving school W. Allendorf. Both have ceased to exist. However, over the six decades, the pub has transformed time and again and is a very nice Café today.

The high resolution image

Capture DateEarly 1960s
LocationKiel, Germany
Image Source7 x 10 Print
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4412 x 3030 Pixels
Copyright© by Inga Zanzig/zanzig.com

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