Fotografie de arhiva

1915: The exterior of the Royal Castle, Bucharest


Men, women and children sitting at lines of tables with food in identical bowls at the 'Daily Bread' institute in Bucharest


circa 1920: King Ferdinand of Romania with Italian Prince Spoleta at a parade of troops at the Royal Palace


circa 1930: Gypsies in Bucharest, they live in tents pitched in the middle of the street


circa 1930: A barefoot fruit seller peddles his wares in a street in Bucharest


Traffic and children in a flooded street in Bucharest after heavy rainfall in the region, 1st July 1935


2nd June 1936: Some of the 120,000 followers of Romania's National Peasant Party protresting against the government in Bucharest


The proclamation of the new Romanian constitution is pasted upon the walls of Bucharest


2nd December 1938: King Carol II and Crown Prince Michael of Romania driving in an open car from the station to the Royal Palace in Bucharest after an extensive tour of Europe


16th October 1939: Pedestrians and traffic on Calea Victoria, the main street of Bucharest


18th February 1940: General Ion Antonescu and Horia Sima, the Romanian Iron Guard Leader, in a limousine, both wearing the green Iron Guard uniform and heiling the crowds as they drive through the streets of Bucharest


Green-shirted young fascists, Romania's Iron Guard, standing side by side with traditionally-dressed men in the Place de Minai Viteazu in Bucharest


October 1941: The Bratianu Square in Bucharest, capital of Romania


circa 1948: A policeman in Bucharest keeps his uniform perfect by a daily visit to the bootblack



16th November 1949: A crowd gathered in Victory Square, Bucharest, to celebrate the 32nd anniversary of the Russian Revolution


View of the plaza at University Place in Bucharest, Romania, 1950s.


circa 1955: A view of The Take Ionescu Boulevard in Bucharest which is the capital city of Romania. it lies on the tributary of the River Arges and was founded in the 15th century


circa 1955: The sign informs customers that it is strictly forbidden to discuss politics in the cafes of Bucharest


circa 1955: Romanians celebrating May Day in Bucharest


A group of men and women stand outdoors at a street market in Bucharest, Romania, 1960s


circa 1960: A busy corner in the market place in Bucharest


22nd June 1960: Nikita Khrushchev, the Soviet politician, with Gheorghiu-Dej, the first secretary of the Romanian Workers' Party, talking to Ana Boghina, a 'hero of work', in Bucharest on the party-day of the Romanian Workers' Party


circa 1965: A street pedlar in Bucharest busking for money with a young companion


1967: President Nicolae Ceausescu (1918 - 1989), Romanian President and dictator, giving a speech at a big civic rally in Bucharest. The crowd in the square are carrying banners bearing Ceausescu's name and picture, others have the initials of the Romanian Communist Party


8th August 1969: American President Richard Nixon (1913 - 1994), at Otopeni Airport, near Bucharest, with Romanian President and Dictator Nicolae Ceausescu (1918 - 1989)


1977: Rescue workers use a digger to sift through the remains of a block of flats after an earthquake in Bucharest which resulted in the loss of over 1,500 lives


1977: Workmen begin to demolish an earthquake damaged building in University Square, Bucharest.


Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu (1918 - 1989) goes hunting near Bucharest.


Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu (1918 - 1989) with his wife Elena at Snagov Park, Bucharest, 25th January 1978


23rd August 1979: A civic rally in Aviatorilor Square, Bucharest, held to celebrate Romania's National Day


All images and captions are taken from jamd.com... perhaps it's not very fair to take content from a website and post it all here but this is just another try for us to understand visually the history of Bucharest, using all the resources available and putting them here on Bukresh for you all to enjoy.

Besides the reminders of the shameful moments in Romanian history (be it communist of fascist periods) how brilliant is it to see that in 1939 on Calea Victoriei the pavements were lowered and how interesting is that Dunlop advert in 1936, not to mention the amazing typography on the banners in that same image from 1936.

Also, a question has been bothering me for a while and maybe some one can help me with this. The University building in Bucharest appears with a green lawn in front of it in images from 60's and70's (see postcard in the post below), yet in this 1941 picture above here it looks just like today... Can anyone explain to me what happened?

10 comments:

Raiden said...

I'll explain. During the war, the Faculty of History (the main body of the University, with the main entrance) was bombed and became a pile of rubble.

The primary objective after the war was to revitalise the country, so the University had to wait another, say, 15 years, to have its main body rebuilt. In the meantime, an empty space was left on that spot.

Of course, the main body was rebuilt later in a plain style, as the communists didn't redo all the old decorations, including the crowned eagle that stood on top.

The University was also added an extra floor, if you look carefully at the interbellum picture, you can see that the right side of the building had already been "upgraded", but the war stopped the process continuing.

Anonymous said...

e simplu: copacii din fata Universitatii au fost taiati dupa 1989.
cateva probleme cu datele:
1. poza cu blvd. take ionescu nu e facuta in anii '50, cand, evident, numele take ionescu era sters din istorie. in plus, Creditul Minier fusese nationalizata in '48.
2. poza cu sarbatorirea zilei de 1 Mai nu e facuta in 1955, ci dupa 1965 - vezi portretul lui Ceausescu si lozinci PCR (care inainte de Ceausescu se numea PMR)

Anonymous said...

Noooiiice post:) un email de contact?

brebe85 said...

Cladirea Universitatii (sau a Senatului) a fost distrusa in urma bombardamentului din cel de-am doilea Razboi Mondial. Bucata a fost reconstruita in anii 60 dar dupa niste planuri adaptate.

Vezi de exemplu frontonul cladirii din anii 30 si imagini din 2008.

Lucian Vasile said...

Hello!

There are a few mistakes:

1. "18th February 1940: General Ion Antonescu and Horia Sima, the Romanian Iron Guard Leader, in a limousine, both wearing the green Iron Guard..." Historycal incorrect. The Iron Guard gouverment was between 6th of september 1940 and 21st of January 1941. The photo was taken on 6th of Octomber, after the public event organized by Iron Guard, in the old Unirii Square, to celebrate a month of having the power.

2. "circa 1955: A view of The Take Ionescu Boulevard in Bucharest which is the capital city of Romania. it lies on the tributary of..."
Impossible, because on the left side it can be seen the Carlton Buildiung which collapsed at the 1940 earthquake. So, judging by the fact that most of the buildings were raised in the middle of 1930s, i think that the photo was taken in 1939.

3. "1967: President Nicolae Ceausescu (1918 - 1989), Romanian President and dictator, giving a speech at a big civic rally in Bucharest. The crowd..." No, it's 20th of August, 1968, the day when the democratic regim from Prague was overcomed by the soviet troops. In that day, Ceausescu ordered a public demonstration in the actual Revolutiei Square to criticise in a public way the military event.

Vlad Nanca said...

Multumesc pentru comentariile pertinente si ca m-ati luminat in chestiunea cladirii Universitatii.
Banuiesc ca bombardarea a fost acceeasi care a daramat si Teatrul National, cea facuta ce prietenii amricani si britanici... Intradevar au atins doua cladiri de mare importanta strategica militara...

email de contact - vladnanca la yahoo punct com

Anonymous said...

1977: Rescue workers use a digger to sift through the remains of a block of flats after an earthquake in Bucharest which resulted in the loss of over 1,500 lives

Imaginea este din cartierul Militari pe Bulevardul Pacii. Blocul cazut este doar o scara din Blocul OD 16. Locul a fost teren viran timp de 7 ani dupa care scara de bloc a fost reconstruita.

Anonymous said...

this is just another try for us


pe engleza e attempt

Anonymous said...

Daca va uitati la poza Elenei si a lui Nicolae Ceausescu plimbandu-se, veti observa parul de pe picioarele "doamnei"

Anonymous said...

Unele datări ale fotografiilor nu sunt corecte, de pildă poza cu bulevardul Brătianu(Bălcescu) datată "cca. 1955" e probabil de prin 1939-1940 (inscripţia CREDITUL MINIER de pe imobilul de la colţul cu str. Batiştei nu a rămas acolo după 1948, în nici un caz), sau poza din cafenea cu inscripţia de interzicere a discutării chestiunilor politice (e, probabil, din timpul războiului, în nici un caz de după 1948: atunci nu s-ar fi afişat asemenea îndemnuri "deschise", regimul politic al vremii era "pudic", ca să zicem aşa...).