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Vädersoltavlan

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

This painting by the painter Jacob Heinrich Elbfas (c.1600–1664) is probably the oldest representation of Stockholm and the oldest Swedish panorama. Preserved in Storkyrkan’s cathedral, it is the copy of 1636 an earlier painting from 1535 gone lost, which depicts an atmospheric optical phenomenon observed in the sky of Stockholm on the morning of April 20, 1535: a particularly spectacular …

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Gotha, 1835

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

The city of Gotha in Thuringia, Germany, in a 1835 engraving by Eduard Sommer. Saxonia Museum für saechsische Vaterlandskunde/Commons.

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1832 map of Pompei

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

1832 map of Ancient Pompeii, Italy (near Naples), that is part of the atlas Maps issued in 1844 by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge in London (published by Baldwin & Cradock). Pompeii was destroyed by the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius, in A.D. 79 and remained buried under ash until its rediscovery in 1748. At thet time, the excavated portions of Pompeii was …

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1845 map of Frankfurt am Main, Germany

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

Frankfurt am Main in a 1845 map from the Josepg Meyer’s Hand Atlas (Grosser Hand-Atlas über alle Theile der Erde in 170 Karten. Verlag des Bibliographischen Instituts, Hildburghausen 1843–60); hand colored steel engraving. This is just a slightly revised and therefore partly yet obsolete version of an 1837 map by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. Commons.

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1835 map of Naples

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

Naples (Italy) in a 1835 map, that is part of the atlas Maps issued in London by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (published by Baldwin & Cradock). Commons

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Prinzipalmarkt in Münster

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

“Prinzipalmarkt” (main market) in Münster (Germania) is the historic principal marketplace of the city. In German, the street type “–markt” designates a square or a street where usually take place (or took place) the market. Photo: © Dietmar Rabich 2014, rabich.de,  CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons.

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Lisbon tramcar, 1920s

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

Lisbon, a electric tramcar in the “Rossio” Square (officially named “Praça de D. Pedro IV”) between 1920 and 1928; one can see the car number (423) on the side. This is one of the so–called elèctricos, that was the electric powered cars built by Brill of Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). By the end of the 19th century the elèctricos began to replace the americànos (i.e. the american–built …

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Umberto Primo Avenue in Alessandria, 1900 c.a

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

“Viale Umberto Primo” (Umberto Primo Avenue), now called “via dei Martiri” (Martyrs street) in a early 1900s postcard from Alessandria (Piedmont, Northern Italy). The cafè on the right corner was called “Bar Portorico — Americano”, later renamed “Bar Nazionale”, that also had a pool room. Collection Tony Frisina/Commons