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Colour Photos of Everyday Life in Poland in 1930 by Hans Hildenbrand

Old pieces of captured history by German photographer

Women on the market. / Photo: Hans Hildenbrand via National Geographic
ca. October 7, 1930, Poland --- Women and men stand in front of their goods to sell at the market --- Image by © Hans Hildenbrand/National Geographic Society/Corbis

Hans Hildenbrand (1870–1957) was one of the early color photographers from Germany. In 1911 he founded the color photographic society, which mainly spread postcards and stereoscopic images and become known for taking color photographs during World War I. That time he was one of 19 officially commissioned war photographers on the German side, and the only one among them to make color photographs of the war zones in Alsace, Champagne and the Vosges.

After war in 1932 become photographer for the American magazine National Geographic, for which he visited Poland at the turn of the 20/30’s where he captured the colorful life of its people. On the photos you can see the daily life of farmers, highlanders and villagers in traditional costumes, St. Mary’s Church and the merchants in the Market Square in Cracow. It’s really piece of history captured on this photos.

Villagers of Łowicz before sunday devotion.

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Image by © Hans Hildenbrand/National Geographic Society/Corbis

A man stands with a pipe in his mouth. Location: Bukowina, Near Zakopane.

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Photo by © Hans Hildenbrand/National Geographic Society/Corbis

Eastern Borderlands (Kresy). Villagers in front of the cottage in Ruthenia.

1927, Ruthenia, Ukraine --- A large group of peasants stand outside their thatch-roof homes --- Image by © Hans Hildenbrand/National Geographic Society/Corbis
Photo by © Hans Hildenbrand/National Geographic Society/Corbis

Peasant girls in kerchiefs and bright dresses pose in cottage lane in Łowicz.

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Photo by © Hans Hildenbrand/National Geographic Society/Corbis

Villagers from the village of Zduny in traditional costumes.

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Photo by © Hans Hildenbrand/National Geographic Society/Corbis

Woman in a theatrical outfit based on the traditional clothing of Lasowiacy.

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Photo by © Hans Hildenbrand/National Geographic Society/Corbis

Harvest in Poland.

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Photo by © Hans Hildenbrand/National Geographic Society/Corbis

Man playing bagpipes in Podhale.

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Photo by © Hans Hildenbrand/National Geographic Society/Corbis

Gorals tend to their corralled flock in Zakopane.

Photo by © Hans Hildenbrand/National Geographic Society/Corbis

A woman nurses her child while other women stand around her in village Bednarka.

Photo by © Hans Hildenbrand/National Geographic Society/Corbis

A group of woman take a break from selling goods at the market.

Photo by © Hans Hildenbrand/National Geographic Society/Corbis

Family in traditional costumes.

Photo by © Hans Hildenbrand/National Geographic Society/Corbis

A group of  people going to church.

Photo by © Hans Hildenbrand/National Geographic Society/Corbis

Zakopane Gorals (Highlanders) in front of the hut.

Photo by © Hans Hildenbrand/National Geographic Society/Corbis

A young woman dressed in her festive garments.

Photo by © Hans Hildenbrand/National Geographic Society/Corbis

A thirteenth-century St. Mary’s Basilica in Cracow.

Photo by © Hans Hildenbrand/National Geographic Society/Corbis

A peasant girl balances water pails with a wooden yoke by a well in Bronowice.

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Photo by © Hans Hildenbrand/National Geographic Society/Corbis

The men in traditional garments

Photo by © Hans Hildenbrand/National Geographic Society/Corbis
Women selling milk and vegetables on the market in Cracow.
Photo by © Hans Hildenbrand/National Geographic Society/Corbis

Old highlander in Tatra mountains.

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Photo by © Hans Hildenbrand/National Geographic Society/Corbis

Three Rusyns in traditional garments.

Photo by © Hans Hildenbrand/National Geographic Society/Corbis

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