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1939 panorama map of Kumgangsan (Diamond Mountain), Korea

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

An extremely attractive 1939 panoramic view map of Kumgangsan or Diamond Mountain, North Korea. Kumgagsan is an important tourist destination, one of the few areas in North Korea that is open to foreign tourism and regularly visited by international travelers. The mountain is known for is dramatic views and stunning natural beauty. This uncommon type of map evolved out of traditional …

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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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Bergen, Norway: end of 19th century photocrom

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

An historic photochrom of Bergen between 1890 and 1905. One can see the Domkirken in the bottom left side, Korskirken in the middle, the Vågen bay with its many boats and the Bergenhus Fortress to the right of the opening of Vågen. (1890-1905 Detroit Publishing Co./Library of Congress.)

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Rattenfängerhaus, Hameln

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

A 1890 photocrom postcard showing the “Rattenfängerhaus” (Rat–Catcher’s House) in Hameln, a German town of the Lower-Saxony well known for the legend about a rat–catcher hired by the city council to lure rats away with his magic pipe. The Reinassance stone facade dates from 1602, but the building is actually much older. The picture shows the adjacent “Street without Music” (Bungelosenstraße) with a view of buildings that no …

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Greetings from Hameln, 1902

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

«Gruss aus Hameln», greetings from Hameln: the “pied piper” in a 1902 cromolitograph postcard of Hameln, a German town of the Lower-Saxony well known for the legend about a rat–catcher hired by the city council to lure rats away with his magic pipe. The lyrics on the left are from the aria Wandern, ach Wandern from the operetta Der Rattenfänger von Hameln (the Rat-Catcher of Hameln) by German–American composer and musician Adolf Neuendorff: «Wandern, ach …

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New York: Little Italy nel 1900

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

Little Italy is a neighborhood in lower Manhattan, New York City, once known for its large population of Italians. This 1900 photocrom shows Mulberry Street, place for market and centre of social life of the Italian-American community. The “photocrom” is a process for producing colorized images from black-and-white photographic negatives via the direct photographic transfer of a negative onto lithographic printing plates. This picture …