Panorama, Kiel, Germany, 1904

1904 – A historic postcard shows a panoramic view of Kiel, Germany, with the church St. Nikolai marking the visual center of the city. Scan © Mark Zanzig/ Carl Speck

The story behind the image

As you know, I am working through my way in the family archive and also keep adding new assets to the archive. Here’s an awesome panorama photo of the harbour and city center of Kiel in Germany, shot by photographer Carl Speck.

This is an interesting photo as it shows the city center before two world wars changed the city forever. As a major military harbour, the city was hit by both wars, but it was the Second World War with the aerial bombings that destroyed large parts of the city.

In 1904, Carl Speck captured this view from Gaarden, a village situated opposite of the city center. Of course, he could not envision any of these changes. And so he captured a busy, but peaceful scene.

By the way, Carl Speck died – way too early – at the age of 39 in 1915 and found his final rest at the Eichhof cemetery in Kiel. Fortunately, his work continues to live.

The high resolution image

Capture Date1904
PhotographerCarl Speck, Kiel
LocationKiel, Germany
Image Source6.5 x 14 cm postcard
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions6558 x 3120 Pixels
CopyrightScan © Mark Zanzig/ Carl Speck

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