European Cities by Martin Hürlimann

Martin Hürlimann (1897 in Zürich – 1984) was a Swiss publisher, better known in the English speaking world as a photographer. Following successful completion, at Frauenfeld, of his school career, Hürlimann went on to study History, German literature and Philosophy at Zürich, Leipzig and Berlin universities.

In 1929 Hürlimann founded the newspaper “Atlantis”, based in Berlin and specialising in international travel and related themes. In 1930 he founded “Atlantis Verlag”, a publishing house, taking over from Ernest Wasmuth publication of the “Orbis Terrarum” series of books.

His photographic work was published in a number of books. Western European cities were a common theme, but he also photographed Ceylon and Southeast Asia.


Photogravure of the Zwinger palace of Dresden, Germany (Deutschland). The palace is noted for its Baroque architecture. The building was completed in 1728, and served as a library and exhibition gallery. Photograph by Martin Hürlimann, 1934 via


Photogravure of the old town house in Potsdam, Germany (Deutschland). It was constructed by Jan Bouman in 1755. A sculpture of Atlas holding the world sits on top of the building. Photograph by Martin Hürlimann, 1934 via


Photogravure of the west facade of the medieval Lichfield Cathedral in Lichfield, England. Photograph by Martin Hürlimann, 1935 via


The pavilion in the garden of the Abbey of Echternach in Luxembourg. Photograph by Martin Hürlimann and Horst Hanck-Jentsch, 1932 via


Photogravure of St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco) with the Doge’s Palace in Venice, Italy. Photograph by Martin Hürlimann, 1935 via


The Cathedral of Saint Mary of Bayonne or the Cathedral of Our Lady of Bayonne commonly known as Bayonne Cathedral, France. Photograph by Martin Hürlimann, 1927 via

A Collection Old Paris Photos by Eugène Atget

Eugène Atget (1857 – 1927) was a French flâneur and a pioneer of documentary photography, noted for his determination to document all of the architecture and street scenes of Paris before their disappearance to modernization. Most of his photographs were first published by Berenice Abbott after his death. An inspiration for the surrealists and other artists, his genius was only recognized by a handful of young artists in the last two years of his life, and he did not live to see the wide acclaim his work would eventually receive.


Carrousel (MET), Eugène Atget, 1923, printed 1956 via


St. Cloud (MET), Eugène Atget, 1915–19, printed 1956


Eclipse (MET), Eugène Atget, 1911, printed 1956 via


Pompe Funebre (1e Classe/MET), Eugène Atget, 1910, printed 1956 via


Bar de Cabaret (MET), Eugène Atget, 1900–1911, printed 1956 via


Rue St. Rustique, Montmartre (MET), Eugène Atget, 1922, printed 1956 via

Vintage Japanese Pictorialism (ca. 1920)


Vintage pictorialism albumen photograph of two small children traveling a small road in a Japanese village, circa 1920 via


Vintage pictorialism albumen photograph of female figures with their parasols outside a small Japanese village, circa 1920 via

Norma Talmadge in Silent Drama “The Lady” (1925)

The Lady is a 1925 American silent drama film starring Norma Talmadge and directed by Frank Borzage. A young woman, Polly Pearl, marries the wastrel son of a British aristocrat. Her husband, who has been disinherited by his father, loses what little money he has left gambling in casinos and then dies, leaving her penniless and with an infant son. When her former father-in-law tries to get custody of the child, she leaves him with a couple she trusts, but when she later goes to reclaim her son, she can’t find the people she left him with.


Norma Talmadge in The Lady directed by Frank Borzage, 1925 via


Norma Talmadge in The Lady directed by Frank Borzage, 1925 via


Norma Talmadge in The Lady directed by Frank Borzage, 1925 via


Norma Talmadge in The Lady directed by Frank Borzage, 1925 via

Silent Film Star Louise Brooks at Home in Her Garden (1925)


Portrait of Louise Brooks, 1925 via


Portrait of Louise Brooks, 1925 via


Portrait of Louise Brooks at home with her sister June, 1925 via


Portrait of Louise Brooks, 1925 via