DEUTSCHE LANDWIRTSCHAFTS-GESELLSCHAFT, 30 WANDERAUSSTELLUNG. HAMBURG, 1924.
A large, handsome photographic album for this German Agricultural Society Exposition. There are 115 gelatin silver prints, mounted to 43 stiff leaves. Some leaves have printed or manuscript captions. A few photographs have the blind stamps of the photographers Rob. Heinrick of Altona and Zander & Labisch, of Berlin. The images measure from 4 x 6 inches ( 102 x 152 mm.) to 5 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches (191 x 241 mm.). Thick oblong folio, 12 x 16 inches ( 305 x 406 mm.). Full calf, with cover design in gilt, depicting a farmer at a plow. The binding is signed on the rear cover, 'Adolf Schloss, Berlin.' Covers show minor wear. (Item ID: 2798)
Photographs of the exposition's opening ceremonies are followed by depictions in profile of prize winning horses, cattle, sheep, hogs, goats, rabbits, and fowl. One interesting image shows a photographer with his set-up photographing one of these prize winning specimens. Equestrian displays and other exhibitions as well as the interiors and exteriors of the buildings are pictured in many of the photographs. There are six overviews of the fair showing the large crowds and extensive grounds.
Though taken just a few years after Germany's defeat in a world war, the crowds and pride in the livestock shown in these photographs display an optimism not often seen in 1920's Germany. Founded in 1885, the Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft is still active today, with over 17,000 members worldwide.