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Photo taken on September 28, 2015

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strada Mercur
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Bucuresti: str. Mercur | Bucharest: Mercur street

Bucuresti: str. Mercur | Bucharest: Mercur street
gelatin silver print, 110 x 80 mm
unidentified Romanian photographer (possibly amateur), ca. 1910-20
entry number: afh.2015.37

A rarely captured corner of Bucharest: Mercur street, seen from the intersection with N. Golescu street. Notable figures of Romania’s social and cultural élite lived on this street, but a handwritten note on the back identifies it only as “The place where I used to wait for you in the winter”. The residences of Titu Maiorescu, Al. Sebast. Zisu and col. N. Bădulescu (owners according to the 1911 cadastral survey) are visible in the photo. Opposite to the latter house, outside the frame, one could find the private museum of Anastase Simu. All of these were demolished in the 1960s, to make place for a disagreeable block of flats. The only element in the photo which survives to this day is… the shadow of Ioan M. Mitilineu’s house, which escaped demolition and houses today a café.


gelatino-bromură de argint pe hârtie, 110 x 80 mm
fotograf român neidentificat (posibil amator), cca. 1910-20
nr. de identificare: afh.2015.37

Un unghi rar fotografiat: începutul str. Mercur (azi Arthur Verona), colț cu str. N. Golescu, cca. 1910-20 (datare de rafinat).
Se disting casele Titu Maiorescu, unde aveau loc ședințele Junimii (în prim plan), Al. Sebast. Zisu și col. N. Bădulescu (proprietarii din 1911). Vizavi de cea din urmă, în afara cadrului, se găsea Muzeul Simu. Stând în poziția fotografului, azi ne-am uita la spațiul de joacă din spatele blocului Eva. Nimic din ce se vede nu mai există - cu excepția umbrei aruncate de casa avocatului Ioan M. Mitilineu, care a supraviețuit demolărilor de la începutul anilor '60 și găzduiește azi o cafenea.

Alan Mays, Les's Photography AKA aligeeach, Deborah Lundbech have particularly liked this photo

Deborah Lundbech
Deborah Lundbech
A beautiful, timeless capture. Thank you for sharing it along with all the background information.
And how nice to see you back here, Theodor!
5 months ago.
skiagraphia has replied to Deborah Lundbech
Thank you, Deborah! After an unduly long pause, I'm thrilled to find the early photography community thriving here.
5 months ago.
Alan Mays
Alan Mays
I like how the one fellow was captured in midstride, too!
4 months ago.
skiagraphia has replied to Alan Mays
It does indeed add to the impact of the photo. Thanks!
4 months ago.