33 Color Snaps That Capture Street Scenes of Mannheim, Germany in the 1970s_top1

Mannheim is a city in the southwestern part of Germany, the third-largest in the German state of Baden-Württemberg after Stuttgart and Karlsruhe. The city is at the centre of the larger densely populated Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region and is Germany’s eighth-largest metropolitan region.
Mannheim is located at the confluence of the Rhine and the Neckar in the northwestern corner of Baden-Württemberg. The Rhine separates Mannheim from the city of Ludwigshafen, just to the west of it in Rhineland-Palatinate, and the border of Baden-Württemberg with Hesse is just to the north. Mannheim is downstream along the Neckar from the city of Heidelberg.Mannheim is unusual among German cities in that its streets and avenues are laid out in a grid pattern, leading to its nickname “die Quadratestadt” (“The City of Squares”).  It is also one of the most inventive cities worldwide. Mannheim is a Smart City; the city’s electrical grid is installed with a Power-line communication network.
The city’s tourism slogan is “Leben. Im Quadrat.” (Life. Squared.). Mannheim is the starting and finishing point of the Bertha Benz Memorial Route.

Take a look at these color snaps taken by Klaus Hiltscher to see what street scenes of Mannheim looked like from the 1970s.

The Planken – in front of the water tower, 1971


The Tattersall, 1972


Tattersallstrasse. On the left is the Mercedes Benz branch with workshop, 1972


The Dresdner Bank under construction, 1972


The Planken between P5+P6-Das Ascot, Cafe ASCOT of the Hoffman family, 1972


The Planken entrance at the water tower, 1972


The Planken in front of the Kaufhof, 1972


 The Planken, Christmas 1972


At the Kurpfalzkreisel-the Bürgerautomat, 1973


 Bismarckplatz 15 in January 1973


Mannheim street scene, December 1973


Mannheim street scene, December 1973


The extended Planke, 1973


The Planken from above, 1973


In front of Musikhaus Pfeiffer – Fressgasse, 1974


Bismarckplatz 15 -17, Mannheim, 1975


Cafe Kiemle, the Planken, 1975


Kiosk: “Last break before prison”,  Neckarstadt, 1975


 Paul Winter’s Blow Up, 1975


The Airbus – Zukunft ohne Zukunft (Future without Future), 1975


 The Paradeplatz, 1975


The Planken – in the middle, 1975


The Planken at Mages with dumpling fountain, 1975


The Planken at the Engelhorn, March 1975


The Planken at the old post office, 1975


The Planken entrance, March 1975


The Planken height old post, 1975


Anwar El Sadat in the Bismarckstr, 1976


Between N5 + N6. Right furniture Böhme, today the Engelhorn sports house, 1978


The Planken in front of Planken Kino, Christmas 1978


The Planken vorm Modehaus Mages, December 1978


The station footbridge to Lindenhof, 1979


The station footbridge to the Lindenhof, 1979