Thursday, August 21, 2014
The Pforzheim Album 8
Ah the Gypsy craze of the first third of the twentieth century. It looks like a costume party or theater cast, and while we've got a few fine ladies, some milk maid types, and a plain old regular maid, it's the Gypsy look that predominates. The few photos in this album that are dated are from the late twenties. In just a few years, 1933, Adolf Hitler will come to power, and put the Roma, the Gypsies, on the list of people to be exterminated.
There's a stamp on the back of the group shot. "Oscar Lang, Hofphotogrph, Lahr I.B., Werderstr. I. 4" Hof is German for court, so Mr. Lang was the court photographer? I looked up Lahr. It's another small city in Baden-Wurttemberg. As far as I can tell, there are no royal courts in Lahr.