Monday, June 21, 2010

German Windmill

Greetings to all my fellow lovers of old pictures. This is windmill week, where we will be looking at wind power from around the world. Today's picture was taken in Germany in the late 1800's. The picture was taken in Berlin. The photograph was created with a process called Photochrom, which allowed creation of low cost color prints. 


  1. I wonder how people today can be so irritated about wind power. They complain about the noise, about killing birds and about the unreliability of wind.

    But 150 years ago, it seemed to be popular and fairly common - and both people and birds apparently survived just fine.

  2. I live in Southern California where we have HUGE wind farms in the desert. I think they are great. It seems we could put them on building tops in cities as well.

  3. Putting the wind generator in town is a safety problem.
    It doesn't happen very often, but they do have runaways.
    And then the flying debris would become very dangerous.

  4. Gotta be careful of the wind speed as well. The first generation of wind turbines weren't tough enough to handle the wind in Laramie, WY. Kept burning out the bearings.

    Which I thought was hilariously ironic.

    I worked on a ranch when I was a lad and the bunkhouse was near the windmill. I found the skree-skraw-skraw to be very mesmerizing and ultimately restful.

  5. I love photochrom! Ah, for the halcyon days of the penny postcard.

  6. I may be stepping on peoples toes with this comment but I think that windmills old and new look majestic and beautiful.
    The old windmills on stations and ranch's decayed but still holding onto life and the new bright white turbines standing tall in the distance like a strange army.
    I don't think that any of them are eyesores at all.

  7. I love the coloring from the photochrom.

    How's the sick bird? Better, I hope!

  8. Just discovered this blog and love it.
    As to the windmill, it is the historic windmill in the park of Sanssouci palace, Potsdam, Germany.
    There is quite a story behind this mill's continued existence.
    When Prussian king Frederick II, the Great, built his new palace of Sanssouci, this mill was in his way. So he summoned the miller owner, and offered tp purchase. The miller refused, stating that the mill had been in the family for generations and he wasn't selling. Frederick upped the offer, but the miller wouldn't budge. Finally, the frustrated king subtly pointed out that he, being the Sovereign, could just take it. "Very well", the miller is said to have answered, "if it just weren't for the Berlin court."
    The king got the message and gave up, building around the windmill. Most lkely this is a legend.
    The mill was destroyed in WW II and rebuilt.
    (in German)

    Today the mill is a museum and in working order.