Wednesday, January 23, 2013

PARIS HAMBURG PARIS Three Books 1950s~1960

Albert Muller published at least two books in their Ein Bummel durch die Nachtlokade city series: Paris and Hamburg; specifically Paris Oh! La! La! (1958 photos by Daniel Frasnay) and St.Pauli und die Reeperbahn (1960). Easily overlooked pocketbook size books, however both include beautiful photographs printed in very fine, dark toned gravure. The books capture the "nightlife" of both cities: Pigalle, Place Blanche and St.Germain des Pres and the notorious Reeperbahn district in Hamburg known for its adult sex shops, nightclubs, strip joints, tattoo parlors and the "closed" street of prostitution, Herbertstrasse.  More about the Reeperbahn (literally "rope walk") click here.

The third book Women of Paris shown below in a hardcover edition published by the Bodley Head in London, 1954 has a few things in common with the two Albert Muller books. It is obviously about Paris, it is beautifully printed in gravure (photographs by Nico Jesse) and it was eventually published in Holland (same title by A.W. Bruna & Zoon, 1958) as a pocketbook, similar in quality to the two books above. Click here to see the Bodley Head version of the book in my eBay store. 


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