Pictures of Eastern Europe in the late 1950s

An Unknown bridge

The pictures featured in this curated post were all taken in the countries of eastern Europe during the late 1950s or possibly the early 1960s.

The two countries I’ve been able to identify are Hungary and Poland, or more specifically the cities of Warsaw and Budapest, but it’s possible that other countries are pictured here as well. To be honest I found some of the locations quite tricky to find, but various comments from viewers on found-film have helped here and identified several of the more obscure locations.

The pictures were found by me in a small collection of slides I bought a couple of years ago which came in a plastic covered slide case and were all mounted in thick, cardboard Wallace Heaton mounts. This suggests to me that the photographer probably lived in London because Wallace Heaton was a London based photographic store. I don’t know the actual film used for the photos because the slide mounts don’t come apart and I’m reluctant to destroy one just to see the makers mark on the side of the film, but the photos have certainly stood up well to the ravages of time.

Pictures of Eastern Europe

So these are the pictures which cover a variety of locations in Eastern Europe. There are several different image types which show something of what life was like in the late 1950s but I find the scenes depicting the rebuilding following the second world war particularly interesting.

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