The following selection of historical photographs dates back to the middle of the 19th century. early photos are colourised, which has the effect of making the distant past seem closer to our own times. The photos are of the famous and the nameless, and give us a feeling for the timeline of history.
Looking at these images evokes memories of Bertolt Brecht’s famous poem “A Worker Reads History“, which reads in part as follows.
Who built the seven gates of Thebes?
The books are filled with names of kings.
Was it the kings who hauled the craggy blocks of stone?
And Babylon, so many times destroyed.
Who built the city up each time?