Photographer Shows How Much Berlin Has Changed In the Past Century

David Köster, Lenstore
David Köster, Lenstore

Berlin has undergone radical changes in recent decades. Once the physical symbol of Europe during the Cold War, the capital of Germany is now an epicenter of different cultures representing the continent and beyond. For an idea of just how much the city has evolved in the past 100-plus years, from the pre-Soviet days of the early 20th century to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, check out the photos below.

For this series from Lenstore, German photographer David Köster recreated images captured in Berlin from pre-World War I through the end of the Soviet Era. He researched locations on Google Street View prior to shooting to ensure the angles matched perfectly. As you can see below, the historical, black-and-white photos taken decades ago have been blended into modern settings. The untouched, present-day photos show just how much things have changed—or in some cases, stayed the same.

One of the most dramatic contrasts shows the Berlin Wall in 1989 and today. The old photo depicts a graffiti-covered Berlin Wall cutting through scene, and in the second image, the previously blocked street is open to the viewer. In the new image, you can see the thick line that marks the spot where the wall once stood, a constant reminder that runs through the city.

Potsdamer Platz was in ruins during World War II, as the 1945 photograph shows, but today it's a popular city center and shopping district. The photograph of the Reichstag (the German parliament) taken 1929 shows a much different building than what stands today. After it caught fire in 1933, it sat empty for years and was finally reconstructed in the 1990s, following the fall of the wall. Other landmarks, like the Brandenburg Gate and Gendarmenmarkt, have remained pretty much unchanged over the decades.

After flipping through the collection, you can brush up on some facts about the city depicted in the photos.

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

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Print Your Own Custom Phone Cases With This KODAK Printer

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If you’re stuck staring at the same picture on your phone case for months (or years) on end, this KODAK PrintaCase Printer will pop out a new custom case in just minutes with whatever image you desire. And right now, you can save $10 on the whole package, bringing the final price down to $120.

You start the process by hooking your phone up to the KODAK PrintaCase app and selecting your phone model. Adjust the framing until it’s just how you’d like it and voilá. There are printer models compatible with a range of phones, from the Apple iPhone 7/8 through the iPhone 11 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S8 through the Samsung Galaxy S10+. Each printer model comes with a clear case that fits that specific phone, and the print-out will be tailored to fit perfectly.

While changing your phone case is fun, it’s a skill that can also make and save you money. Use it to create unique and personalized gifts this holiday season, or sell your designs to others looking for something unique.

Score one today while the KODAK PrintaCase Printer and accessories are discounted to $120.

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