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.

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