Friday, January 07, 2011

Leignitzer Strasse

In Wilhelmine Germany, industrialization resulted in urbanization, as entire families left the countryside and moved to cities in search of work.

Living conditions for the industrial working class were often miserable.

Housing was dank, cramped and overcrowded, with entire families living in one narrow room without indoor plumbing.

One such quarter is depicted here: Berlin’s Leignitzer Strasse, in 1910.

Rent for this type of space would have consumed a substantial portion of the family income.

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