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Stunning Old Photos of Yugoslavia from the 1920s

Let photos of Yugoslavia by Kurt Hielscher take you back in time

Photo: Kurt Hielscher

Kurt Hielscher was a German photographer and he traveled extensively around Europe in the 1910s, 1920s and 1930s, and was the author of several successful books with landscape and architecture photographs about Italy, Spain and Germany. Because of his work, he was invited to Belgrade by the government of Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes.

We must note that this was the official name for the first eleven years of its existence, the term “Yugoslavia” was its colloquial name from its origins. In mid-1920s Hielscher travel across the kingdom and create a book with images of the landscape, state and his people.

Portrait of Kurt Hielscher (source: public.beuth-hochschule.de)

In Belgrade he got an interpreter, letters of introduction for easy trespassing at all local authorities and cars were at his disposal. Zeiss-Ikon and Agfa factories gave him outstanding cameras, lenses and photo plates.

He produced 1200 photographs on his journey from the Slovenian Alps to the Bulgarian border. Hielscher chose 191 of them and he explained that he “tried to show the attractive, diverse character of the landscape, the architecture, and way of life of the Yugoslavs… I didn’t want to create a collection of postcards”.

This stunning collection was published in 1926 in Berlin by Verlag Ernst Wasmuth AG. This precious book is long out of print. All photographs are on Agfa Chromo Isorapid plates and here are some of them. For more visit MyCentury_tv or see how original book looks like: debooks4u

Spalato – Split

 


Photo: Kurt Hielscher

Otočec Castle on the Krka river, today Slovenia


Photo: Kurt Hielscher

Girls in Travnik, Bosnia

Photo: Kurt Hielscher

Novo selo, today Macedonia


Photo: Kurt Hielscher

Bardovci, near Üskub, Macedonia, at the time Southern Serbia.

Photo: Kurt Hielscher

Minaret in Jajce, today Bosnia & Herzegovina


Photo: Kurt Hielscher

Montenegrin playing on gusle


Photo: Kurt Hielscher

Costumes from the area around Üskub – Skopje


Photo: Kurt Hielscher

Kolo dance around the bagpiper


Photo: Kurt Hielscher

Woman sitting on doorstep in Krašnja, today Slovenia


Photo: Kurt Hielscher

Ragusa – Dubrovnik, with Lacroma island


Photo: Kurt Hielscher

In Skopska Crna Gora – Karadağ


Photo: Kurt Hielscher

In Višegrad, Bosnia


Photo: Kurt Hielscher

Girls from Busovača, Bosnia

Photo: Kurt Hielscher

Šibenik, Croatia


Photo: Kurt Hielscher

Girls from the Travnik area, Bosnia


Photo: Kurt Hielscher

Počitelj on the Neretva, Hercegovina


Photo: Kurt Hielscher

In Črešnjevec, Croatia

Photo: Kurt Hielscher

Near Bardovci, by Üskub, today Skopje


Photo: Kurt Hielscher

Sarajevo Jewish Cemetery


Photo: Kurt Hielscher

Family in Serbia (child in a cradle)


Photo: Kurt Hielscher

Mostar


Photo: Kurt Hielscher

Visoki Dečani Monastery in Kosovo


Photo: Kurt Hielscher

In Trebinje, Herzegovina


Photo: Kurt Hielscher

Sarajevo market

Photo: Kurt Hielscher

In Southern Serbia, today Macedonia


Photo: Kurt Hielscher

Two girls in Sarajevo


Photo: Kurt Hielscher

Street in Ohrid, Macedonia


Photo: Kurt Hielscher

Castelnuovo – Herceg Novi, Montenegro


Photo: Kurt Hielscher

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