NP: NP. Hardcover. Quarto (9 1/2 x 9 1/4"). 53 leaves with tissue guards. Original three-quarter bolted brown and red cloth photo-album with gilt ruling on spine. Collection of ca. 300 original b/w photographs in variant sizes, depicting architectural motives in Nuremberg, Munich, Stuttgart, Berlin, Potzdam, Warsaw, Odessa and France, spanning the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. The photographs vary in sizes from 2 1/4 x 2 1/4" to 9 1/4 x 6 3/4" - the striking photographs are taken and captioned by Adolf Emilius. The collection contains three photographs with Adolf Hitler. One with Albert Speer and Franz Struff, another with Hitler in the Nuremberg opera house in 1937, and one showing Hitler at the construction site of the Zeppelinwiese.
Starting with a section depicting buildings in Nuremberg and Stuttgart, the album shows the German Garden Show, the VW factory, the German Toy Fair 1953, various city institutions and businesses from the 1950s. Professional settings like the Settlement Exhibition in Munich Ramersdorf, 1934, one and two family homes in Nuremberg and surrounding areas by architects Fritz Mayer and Hans Kern, including details like entrance lighting and flower windows. Siemenshaus in Nuremberg, a border police station in Vorarlberg, the Catholic church in Bludenz, City Hall Nuremberg, the Cathedral and the Arc de Germanicus of Saints, the opera house and the dome in Aachen.
A section of photographs of Berlin show the Shell headquarters, the sculpture of the group of runners at the Olympia Stadion, the Ufa Palace in 1938, decorated for the main event, Riefenstahl's Olympia film. There is the iron construction of the ship draw works at Niederfinnow, the Arcs de Triomphe in Brandenburg and Munich, the Berlin Dome and the Charlottenburg Castle, the broadcasting center, the Haus der Deutschen Kunst and the State Opera in Munich, the Sanssoucie castle in Potsdam and the Brandenburg Gate.
Contains a group of four sepia-toned photographs of wooden buildings designed by the architect Julius Schulte -Frohlinde for the Olympic Games 1936 in Berlin. Some of these buildings, Rheinlandhalle, Berliner und Hamburger Halle depicted here, were transported to Nürnberg after the Olympic Games and reassembled on the Nazi Rally Grounds in the northeast part of the city, called the KdF-Stadt (Kraft durch Freude City). They were used by the organization to entertain the attendants of the NSDAP Rallies in 1937 and 1938. The center of this city was a bell tower, also depicted here, playing the key note of the KdF every thirty minutes: "Freut Euch des Lebesn (Enjoy Life)."
The second half of the photo-album contains some 120 b/w photographs, incl. few photographic postcards, depicting exteriors and interiors of buildings associated with Nazi institutions or events, e.g. three photographs of models including of the Haus der Kunst, München, the Soldier Hall and High Command of the Army, Dresden, design W. Kreis, and the Advanced School of the NSDAP at the Chiemsee, design Hermann Giesler. It includes photographs of the exhibition "Siedlungsausstellung" in Munich showing the sample settlement Ramersdorf, the epitomization of the National Socialist settlement idea. In short order 192 single family homes were built in the Munich district of Ramersdorf under the direction of the architect Guido Harbers. However, the propaganda effect the officials had hoped for didn't materialize and the homes were sold after the exhibition.
In addition there are photographs of the interior of the Nuremberg Congress Hall, design by Lauterbach (5 1/2 x 7 1/2"), the old Kongreßhalle, the Luitpold arena, a plaster model of the Kongreßhalle, 1937, one of them with Hitler, Speer and the architect Ruff, the side arcade of the stadium at the Zeppelin Field, the entrance of the Palais of the Reich President, design Speer, the Gau-building in Nuremberg, design Ruff, the Reich Chancellery, various interior and exterior views, the office of the Führer, a sculpture by Arno Breker, the entrance to the Reich Chancellery, a series of 12 photographs of showing the construction of the new Reich Chancellery in 1938, the construction of the Zeppelin Field, one of them with Adolf Hitler, 1936, the grandstand of the Zeppelin Lawn, a fatigue duty muster, a lighting rehearsal, a demonstration of the Wehrmacht, various government buildings in Breslau, Minsk and Nuremberg, 21 photographs showing the construction of the Zeppelin Lawn, concluding with eight photographs (4 1/4 x 6 1/2") of the construction of the Zeis Factory in Jena.
Text in German. Starting after the first leaf with the second leaf loose. Some creasing of tissue guards. Overall in very good condition. vg. Item #45183