Vienna’s Beauty in the 1900s: Colorized Postcards That Will Take Your Breath Away

In the early 20th century, postcards became a popular form of communication, capturing the essence of the cities and landscapes they depicted. They were colored using various methods, such as hand-coloring, tinting, or other early color photographic processes like Autochrome. These postcards revolutionized the world of photography with their vivid and true-to-life colors. Below are some breathtaking colorized postcards of Vienna from the turn of the 20th century.

These spectacular postcards helped preserve the essence of Vienna’s architectural and cultural heritage, making it possible for future generations to appreciate the city’s Beauty in all its glory. From the grandeur of the Hofburg Palace and the Gothic splendor of St. Stephen’s Cathedral to the elegance of the Schönbrunn Palace and the iconic Ferris wheel at the Prater amusement park, these postcards immortalize Vienna’s landmarks with stunning clarity. The vividness of the colors and the attention to detail in these images allow the viewer to truly appreciate the intricate designs and craftsmanship that went into creating these architectural wonders.

They also provide a unique insight into the everyday life of Viennese people at the turn of the century. Images of bustling marketplaces, horse-drawn carriages, and people going about their daily routines paint a picture of a city filled with energy and life. These snapshots of ordinary life allow us to understand the social and cultural context of the time, giving us a deeper appreciation of the history of Vienna.

Another fascinating aspect of these postcards is the portrayal of traditional Viennese attire, such as the elegant dresses and elaborate hats worn by women and the formal suits donned by men. These images capture the fashion trends and styles of the time, reflecting the city’s reputation as a hub of culture and sophistication. The clothing also offers a glimpse into the era’s social hierarchy, with the upper class’s attire distinguished by its luxurious materials and intricate details. They also document important events and celebrations in the city. From the pomp and circumstance of royal processions to the excitement and festivity of the annual Viennese ball season, these postcards encapsulate the city’s festive spirit. They preserve the traditions and customs that have shaped Vienna’s cultural identity, making them invaluable resources for historians and enthusiasts.

#2 Laying of the cornerstone of the Kaiser-Franz-Joseph-Jubilaums-Church (today Franz -von-Assisi-Church) at the Mexikoplatz in Vienna, 2nd district. June, 10th 1900.

#3 Auditorium in the “Altes Burgtheater”, the old Court Theatre, replaced by a new building in 1888.

#4 The Tandelmarkt-market in Vienna, Leopoldstadt, 1900.

#5 The Kahlenbergerdorf in Vienna with the church on the Leopoldsberg, 1900.

#6 The Heidentor of the St. Stephan’s Cathedral and the Archiepiscopal Palace in Vienna’s first district, 1900.

#7 The Spinnerin am Kreuz, a Gothic column built by Hanns Puchsbaum in 1452, at the Triester Strasse in Vienna’s 10th district, 1900.

#8 The Heidentor of the St. Stephan’s Cathedral in Vienna’s first district, 1900.

#9 The monkey house at the Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna’s 13th district, 1900.

#10 The Swiss gate in the Hofburg Imperial Palace in Vienna’s first district, 1900.

#11 The pinnacle of the southern Heidenturm (Roman tower) of the St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna’s first district, 1900.

#12 The Votivkirche on the Viennese Ringstrasse in Vienna’s 8th district, 1900.

#13 The Brauhaus Liesing brewery on Breitenfurter Strasse in Vienna’s 23rd district, 1900.

#14 A horse-drawn omnibus wagon in front of the Schottenhof yard in Schottengasse, Vienna’s 1st district, 1900.

#15 The Parliament building and the Ringstrasse in Vienna’s first district, 1900.

#16 View of the Praterstrasse from the Praterstern square in Vienna’s 2nd district with the St. Stephen’s Cathedral in the background, 1900.

#17 Women telephone operators at the Viennese telephone exchange in Dreihufeisengasse, Vienna’s 6th district, 1900.

#18 The Kaertnerstrasse in Vienna’s first district, 1900.

#19 View of the Inner City from the Alfons Rothschild Palais (residence) in Vienna’s first district, 1900.

#20 The Taborstrasse in Vienna’s 2nd district, Leopoldstadt, 1900.

#21 The Stadttheater, built in 1871/72, destroyed by fire in 1884, and rebuilt as the Etablissement Ronacher in 1887

#22 Am Kaunitzbergl in Viennese suburb Magdalenengrund, also called Ratzenstadl. Mariahilf. Vienna, 6th district, 1900.

#23 View of wintery Stephansplatz with Stock-im-Eisen-Platz in the background. Vienna, first district, 1900.

#24 The Karlskirche (St. Charles’ Church) located on Karlsplatz. Wieden. Vienna, 4th district, 1900.

#25 The Thurybrückl bridge crossing Alserbach at Liechtensteinstrasse and Alserbachstrasse. In the background, twin steeples of Lichtentaler church. Vienna, 9th district, 1900.

#26 View from Upper Belvedere to the Inner City. Vienna, 3rd district, 1900.

#27 Market stall offering fruits and vegetables at the former Naschmarkt in front of the Freihaus. Nearby Resselpark. Vienna, 4th district, 1900.

#28 Monument of Josef Ressel in Ressel Park at Karlsplatz, with the technical college of Vienna in the background. Vienna, 4th district, 1900.

#29 Altenmarkt an der Triesting in Vienna Woods, Lower Austria, 1900.

#30 Greetings from Vienna, Freyung. Colored photomontage with mounted staffage, Vienna. 1903.

#31 Entrance to Praterallee. Colored photomontage with mounted staffage. Publisher Lederer & Popper, Prague. Vienna, 1903.

#32 Interior view of a brick-kiln from the lecture “Durch die Wiener Quartiere des Elends und Verbrechens.”, 1904.

#33 Homeless person sitting by the fire from the lecture “Durch die Wiener Quartiere des Elends und Verbrechens, 1904.

#34 Man sleeping in a camp in Binderau from the lecture “Durch die Wiener Quartiere des Elends und Verbrechens, 1904.

#35 Emperor Franz Joseph on his daily way from the Hofburg (Imperial Palace) to Schoenbrunn. Vienna, 1905.

#36 Musicians of the Viennese Hoch- und Deutschmeister, the so-called “Burgmusik,” marching to the Inner Burghof in the Hofburg Imperial Palace, 1905.

#37 Playing kids in the Praterhauptallee. Prater. Vienna, second district, 1905.

#38 Fishermen angling in the Viennese Prater. Green Prater, 1905.

#39 Memorial in the Viennese Prater. Green Prater. Vienna, 1905.

#42 Hydrant surface box in the Prater main avenue, 1905.

#43 Devotions in the forests of the Viennese Prater, 1905.

#44 Weekend foray. Relaxing and playing at a Prater meadow, 1905.

#45 Children comparing their catch after fishing in the Viennese Prater, 1905.

#48 Man gathering firewood in the Viennese Prater, 1905.

#49 Strolling through the meadows in the Prater, 1905.

#50 Fruit market at the Nussdorfer Laende. Vienna, 1905.

#51 Wooden boat loaded with apples from Upper Austria on the Danube Canal, Vienna, 1905.

#52 The Augartenbruecke bridge, built in 1872 and destroyed in 1945. Inner City, Vienna, 1905.

#53 View from the Nussdorfer Laende towards the Nussdorfer Wehr, 1905.

#54 Unloading sand from a barge at the Brigittenauer Laende, with a view of the Viennese Stadtbahn on the opposite bank, 1905.

#55 Unloading lumber from a barge at the Brigittenauer Laende, with a view of the Viennese Stadtbahn on the opposite bank, 1905.

#56 The Kronprinz-Rudolf-Bruecke, a Danube-bridge in Leopoldstadt, Vienna, built in 1876.

#57 Elderly winemaker sitting on a bench. Hand-colored lantern slide, 1905.

#58 Cobenzl Palace in Vienna. Hand-colored lantern slide, 1905.

#59 Italian street musician in Vienna. Hand-colored lantern slide, 1905.

#60 Entrance to the Lobau nature reserve, now part of the Danube-Auen National Park, 1905.

#61 View of Kahlenbergerdorf in Vienna’s 19th district, 1905.

#62 Workings at the Green Prater in Vienna during spring, 1905.

#63 The spousal fountain at Hoher Markt square in Vienna’s 1st district, 1905.

#64 Wiener Stadtbahn station Hauptzollamt in Vienna’s 3rd district, 1905.

#65 Entrance to the Schoenbrunn Palace’s reception yard in Vienna’s 13th district, 1905.

#66 Karlskirche (St. Charles’ Church) at Karlsplatz in Vienna’s 4th district, 1905.

#67 Parish church “Maria Schmerzen” in Grinzing, Vienna’s 19th district, 1905.

#68 Vienna Suedbahnhof, built in 1874 and destroyed in 1945 during WWII. Vienna’s 3rd district, 1905.

#69 Mariahilferstrasse, with the old Laimgrubenkirche in the background. Vienna’s 6th district, 1905.

#70 Lake “Heustadlwasser” in Viennese Volksprater, Vienna’s 2nd district, 1905.

#71 Female employee at the checkout in a Viennese coffeehouse. Vienna, 1905.

#72 Musicians of the Viennese Hoch- und Deutschmeister marching at the Ringstrasse. Vienna’s 1st district, 1905.

#73 Old-Ottakringer church in Ottakringer Straße, Vienna’s 16th district, 1905.

#74 Wine tavern in Sieveringer Straße, Vienna’s 19th district, 1905.

#75 Wine taverns in Kahlenberger Straße in Nussdorf, part of Vienna’s 19th district, 1905.

#76 Street in Sievering, Vienna’s 19th district, 1905.

#77 The church on Leopoldsberg hill, renovated and enlarged by Antonio Maria Beduzzi in 1718-1730. Vienna’s 19th district, 1905.

#78 Michaelerplatz square and Michaelertor of the Hofburg in Vienna’s 1st district, 1905.

#79 Flower market at Am Hof square in Vienna’s 1st district, 1905.

#80 Bread seller in a beer garden at the Viennese Wurstelprater. Vienna’s 2nd district, 1905

#81 Flower market at Am Hof square in Vienna’s first district, 1905.

#82 Changing of the guards at the Hofburg Imperial Palace in Vienna, 1905.

#83 Ferdinandsbrücke (Bridge) over the Danube canal with Taborstrasse and Hotel Continental in the background, 1905.

#84 Building for financial control in Vienna’s Brigittenau district, 1905.

#86 View from Sant’Onofrio on Rome, 1835, by Rudolf von Alt. Found in the Leopold Museum, Vienna.

#87 View of the University Church in Salzburg, around 1905.

#89 Vienna with mounted accessories, indicating “Happy arrival in the imperial city of Vienna” from 1905.

#90 Vienna’s Schottenring from 1905 with mounted staffage.

#91 Vienna’s Exhibition Building of the Secession, 1905

#92 Vienna’s Hochstrahlbrunnen with Schwarzenberg Palace from 1905.

#93 Hausierjude, a Jewish peddler in Vienna’s 2nd district, from around 1905.

#94 Würthle & Sohn / Vienna – Salzburg – Munich of the entrance to Hellbrunn castle in Salzburg from 1907.

#95 Pedestrians walking in front of the Vienna Court Opera, with statues of Erato and Harmony on winged horses. Vienna, Austria, 1907.

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