Stuttgart before-after: 1942 and today – who will find the differences? – Stuttgart

The gas boiler in 1942 and today - click through the photo gallery for a detailed comparison and other motifs.  Photo: City Archives, Lg / Piechowski / Montage: Plavec


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The gas boiler in 1942 and today – click through the photo gallery for a detailed comparison and other motifs.

Photo: Stadtarchiv, Lg / Piechowski / Montage: Plavec

Much has changed in Stuttgart since 1942. Before and after pictures make this clear – and invite you to puzzle.

Digital Unit: Jan Georg Plavec (jgp)

Stuttgart – The 12,000 photos that we evaluated for our “Stuttgart 1942” project are 12,000 invitations to look and compare. Where the Kronprinzenpalais once stood, two modern buildings close the Schlossplatz with the art museum and the Wittwer-Thalia bookshop. A staircase in the collegiate church that was still intact in 1942 was replaced by a small window. In the case of the gas boiler, as can be seen in the article picture, a row of trees replaces the houses destroyed in the Second World War.

Read from our offer: Stuttgart-1942-Magazin – The journey through time continues

In our new “Stuttgart 1942” magazine, published on Saturday, we show such comparisons of Stuttgart 1942 and today on almost 40 pages. They are search images, for example when you compare the simplified restored facades of Königsbau, Marquardtbau or the rebuilt New Castle with the current state. But you can also see, for example, that the marketplace, which was almost completely rebuilt after the Second World War, has a similar effect as an ensemble as it did 80 years ago.

The magazine is available in the online shop

The photo gallery shows some examples of the before-and-after comparisons. There are astonishing parallels to the year 2021 – for example, that the Wagenburg tunnel was a construction site as early as 1942. At that time, however, it was still being dug into the mountain. In 2021, 21 will be built here for Stuttgart. In contrast to what was planned at the time, it will not be cars but trains that will roll through the second tube in the future.

It is also noticeable that Stuttgart has become greener since 1942. The cityscape may have been prettier back then, at least more homogeneous. The streets were also far less crowded with all kinds of street furniture, which is only really noticeable in comparison. But there were also a number of trees whose shade you would not want to do without in the warmer summers.

The Stuttgart 1942 magazine has 132 pages. It is available at kiosks, at selected retailers and booksellers as well in our online shop.

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