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European Alley: 1910

European Alley: 1910

Circa 1910s. "Travel views of Europe" is as specific as this series gets. Nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

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Looks like...

...Lower East Side of New York about the same time, only cleaner and not as crowded. At least in this alley, anyway.

Looks like Hamburg

Could be the so-called "Gängeviertel" (Alley Ward).

More photos here.

All in German, I'm afraid.

Looks like Germany

I'll take a guess ... this looks like a city in Northern Germany, possibly Hamburg. The open casement windows on all the houses are the biggest indicator for me. They are probably double casements: one set of windows opens into the house, the other opens out to the street.

Dr. Caligari

Third door on the left.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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