Early areal photographies of Vienna, 1919
IM FLUGE ÜBER WIEN [IN FLIGHT OVER VIENNA]. 19 original silver-gelatine prints with areal photographies, loosely contained in publisher's portfolio. Vienna: [ca. 1919].
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IM FLUGE ÜBER WIEN [IN FLIGHT OVER VIENNA]. Edited by Österreichischer Reserveoffiziers-Hilfsfonds. 19 original silver-gelatine prints with areal photographies, mounted on ochre-coloured folded sheets and loosely contained in publisher’s portfolio. (= Österreichisches-Fliegerwerk, I). Vienna: s.t. [Luftbild-Gesellschaft] s.a. [ca. 1919]. 4mo (portfolio), 11,5:15,4cm (photographies). Blue title leaf with mounted photography and title printing recto as well as table of contents verso, 18 folded sheets with mounted photographies, loosely inserted in original publisher’s portfolio with illustrated title printing on front board, lined with illustrated paper inside.
Early series with high quality areal photographies of various parts of Vienna. The photos show inner city sights and government buildings (from a close perspective, i.e. photographed with low altitude), the hospital complex „Steinhof“ planned by Otto Wagner, the Danube, military or industrial compounds and also surrounding villages or local recreation areas. All prints are blind stamped „Luftbild Wien“ and titled in the plate by the publisher.
Published to raise funds for officers of the Austrian army in need after WWI, this portfolio was composed and sold in variations; known are also sets with 21 photographies and varying title leafs. Many of the photos were later also reproduced and distributed as picture postcards. – Edges and corners of portfolio bumped, boards minimally worn, title leaf sun-stained and slightly torn at margins, otherwise well preserved set of this rare photographica.
Not in Heidtmann, »Wie das Photo ins Buch kam«, 1984; Békési/Doppler, »Wien von oben« Catalogue of the Wien Museum, 2017, p. 38, cat. no. 1.1.13.