Germany in 1912: Images 71 to 80

Thursday, June 05, 2014

To the markets. -- Having arrived at the gates of Berlin, the Wendish products are landed and placed in cars that transport them to the various markets of the city.

In the land of the Wends. -- As soon as she is of age to work the young Wendish girl prepares her wedding bundle; she spins the wool of her dress and her linen herself for her marriage.

A Wendish marriage. -- Unlike men, the women have retained their picturesque national costume, where the white of muslin shines on the brilliant velvet of their skirts.

Left: The Wends, with their large caps and flowing skirts, resemble butterflies. Right: The winter, on channels imprisoned by ice, where the only flow takes place above on skates.

Hygiene in Germany. -- In all the cities, bathhouses have model laundromats where the laundry is washed and bleached using electrical methods.

Laundry is done by electrically operated machines and is the towels are turned and folded by the women.

In Charlottenburg, each building must have three special containers: one for ashes, the other for paper, and a third for garbage.

All waste, rubbish and waste paper is transported by trucks around Berlin into a special enclosure where a final sorting is done.

Water service. -- One of the curiosities to see around Berlin is the huge "filter field" where all water intended for consumption in the capital goes through a great layer of coke and mixed sand that removes all impurity.

Street hygiene. -- The Germans are rightly proud of the cleanliness of their cities where the most advanced cleaning equipment abounds. Berlin alone has 22,000 sweepers.


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