Agfa 1937

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Familienaufnahmen am Rhein in Speyer und Baden-Baden


Winter 1937: Ein Zehnjähriger mit Schlitten im Schnee, baut einen Schneemann, dekoriert gemeinsam mit einem jungen Paar den Schneemann u.a. mit der Schildmütze eines Gefreiten der Wehrmacht. Schneeballschlacht. Junges Paar beim Spaziergang im Schnee, u.a. am Heidentürmchen im Domgarten. Pferdewagen auf der Straße. Mann klappt Motorhaube an einem Automobil der Marke Opel zu. Zeppelin fährt vorbei (kurz). Familie steigt aus PKW der Marke Ford. Familie mit Sohn und einem jungen Feldwebel in Ausgehuniform bei unbekanntem Spiel im Hof: Kreisförmige Teile aus Gummi werden auf eine quadratische Zielscheibe am Boden geworfen. Ehepaar Lind mit Sohn am Rheinufer bei Speyer. Der Zehnjährige trägt Kniestrümpfe und einen Mantel, im Hintergrund die feste Rheinbrücke im Bau. Ausflug nach Baden-Baden: Fürstenberg-Denkmal am Hungerberg: Engel aus weißem Marmor in einer halbkreisförmigen Säulenhalle, Kurhaus mit Hakenfreuzfahnen, Lichtentaler Allee an der Oos, Blick in die Luisenstraße, Reiherbrunnen, Evangelische Kirche, Brunnenanlage im Rosengarten, u.a.


Reference / film number :  LFS02257 3
Date :  1937
Coloration :  Black and white
Sound :  Mute
Timecode :  00:06:01
Running time :  00:00:00
Reel format :  16 mm
Genre :  Amateur movie
Archive :  Haus des Dokumentarfilms

Context and analysis

Already back theDer stumme Schwarzweißfilm mit einer Länge von knapp sechs Minuten wurde 1937 gedreht, wie das Anfangslogo von Agfa mit der Jahreszahl verrät. Zu sehen sind der Alltag und Ausflüge der Familie Lind in dn the car was a symbol of prosperity (Photo: LFS)

The silent black and white film with a length of just under six minutes was shot in 1937, as the Agfa's initial logo with the year reveals. You can see the everyday life and excursions of the Lind family in the region around Speyer, where father Dr. Emil Lind worked as a pastor. The first sequence shows impressions from winter. A boy is sledding down a small hill and building a snowman in the front yard of the house. He wears a peaked cap typical of the Wehrmacht, with a cockade in the national colors and the imperial eagle. The snowman is inspected by a young woman and a young man and decorated with pieces of coal. The three then begin a wild snowball fight. In the next sequence, a younger couple walks through the wintry Dompark in Speyer with the Heideturmchen, which was built in the 13th century.

The Agfa logo introduces a change of place and time. A car is parked in the street with the bonnet open to the side and a man leaning over it. The conspicuous number 31200 is not a German license plate. On the right is a horse drawn carriage with a carter and a passenger. The next shot shows a zeppelin flying over the city. This is an airship of the LZ series. This sight was not unusual at the time, as there was a regular Zeppelin connection between Frankfurt, Düsseldorf and Baden-Baden. Wealthy guests could use this offer for their trips. Baden-Oos had its own airship hangar.

Fichier:Salierbrücke Speyer Photo: Historisches Museum der Pfalz Speyer Franz J. Klimm (CC BY-NC-SA) 2.jpg
View of the new Salierbrücke from the old pontoon bridge (Photo: Historisches Museum der Pfalz, Speyer (CC_BY -NC-SA)

Then a Mercedes-Benz W138, which was produced from 1936-1940, drives through the old town of Baden-Baden. The car stops and the occupants get out. The license plate indicates that it was registered in the Palatinate, which at that time still belonged to Bavaria. This is followed by shots of a game in which flat discs are thrown onto a game board with numbers to collect points. A young man in uniform, Walter, the son of the family, his father Emil Lind and the grandfather play.

A walk with the grandparents on the Rhine (Photo: LFS)
Then the family goes on a trip to the Rhine. In the foreground, Walter is walking with his grandparents in smart Sunday clothes and with a camera around his neck. In the harbor basin, three people row in a boat. In the background you can see the new Salier Bridge near Speyer, a combined road and rail bridge. It was opened in 1938 and replaced the previously operated pontoon bridge (see film “Pontoon bridge and new Rhine bridge near Maxau”). The new steel bridge was blown up on March 23, 1945 by German soldiers retreating. The family continues along the Rhine, past an older paddle steamer.

Places and monuments

Speyer; Baden-Baden

  1. This film analysis is still in progress. It may therefore be incomplete and contain errors.