Photographer: J. Wieland and unknown. Souvenir album of the Resi Kasino, Berlin. 1930-early 1950s. Circa 49, some ferrotyped, gelatin silver prints and 3 original advertising brochures. Various sizes circa 23 x 17,5 cm, 12 x 17 cm and 7 x 10 cm. Some with photographer's label and some annotated in ink in German on the verso, some mounted to album pages in photo corners, some glued to album page, bound in modern imitation leather album with chord binding (31 x 44 cm).
The "Resi" was the nickname of a vast, luxurious dance hall called the Residenz-Kasino at Blumenstrase 10, near Alexanderplatz. Over the years it was known as Ballhaus Resi, Tanzpalast Resi, Residenz Casino and simply Resi. It was built and opened in 1908 by Paul Baatz but reached its popularity during the Weimar period. The souvenir album offered here is probably from the Baatz family. It includes 5 large vintage photos of the richly decorated interiors of the dance hall with the well-known telephone and pneumantic post system. There are also three rare advertising brochures of the 1930s and circa 19 private photographs of the old Resi Kasino during demolition work in the 1950s. Other images show the newly furnished dance floor at the new location at Berlin Hasenheide 32. – Some photos with retouching for publication, otherwise most in good to very good condition.
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