We were clearing out the loft when we came across three large, old poster photographs left by the previous owner. But where in the world are the locations? We only have three possible clues, all of which might be red herrings. The previous owner lived in Berlin before World War 2 so there may possibly a German connection. He was a famous collector and dealer of ancient artifacts. The sign on the building beside the river reads Jaeger & Nirow (not sure about the ‘and’ sign).
Well thanks to input from our trusty blogger friends we are much further forward with this (see comments below). The view is definitely the Schleusenbruke in Hamburg. The tall pillar would appear to be The Ehrenmal (cenotaph) fronting on to Rathausmarkt and the arch on the left the Alsterarkaden – Alster Arcades. My Mum, who has German and has also visited Hamburg will no doubt come up with a bit more context from the web about the history of architecture in Hamburg.
The site of the photograph today – taken from Wikipedia
But what about the artist of these sculptures? It would appear that the statue is atop the Ehrenmal but in photos from the 1930’s the pillar appears to be a different shape and no photographs show anything on top. Is this the first known example of a photoshopped image? (Joke, in case you think we have totally lost the plot).
A pre-war postcard – around 1935. The pillar and bridge are bottom right.
We have been looking at artists work and we have a few leads – watch this space.