While photographing the factories of Germany’s industrial buildup in the late 1920s, Hoppé also documented its traditional small country towns and villages. It is clear in these photographs that the architecture of medieval Germany was then still abundant and that a suitably romantic view of Germany’s past could be found on a day trip to the country. Curiously, we see from Hoppé’s negative logs that after he spent one day photographing the ancient town of Hamlen (of Pied Piper fame), the next was spent in an entirely different reality, depicting the massive industry on Hamburg Harbor. As Hoppé saw it, Germany was both the old and the new. “Romantik der Kleinstadt” shows his affection for the traditional.

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Rolandsbrother, 1928

Wandering Gipsies, 1928

Street Scene, Berlin, 1928

Wimpfen, 1928

Michelstadt, 1928

Passau, Bavaria, 1928

Iphofen in Fraken, 1928

Old Town, Goslar, 1928

Karlstadt, 1928

Baden-Württemberg, 1928

Anhalt-Zerbst, 1928

Mergentheim, 1928

Marburg, 1928

Miltenberg, 1928

Soest, 1929

Near Bacharach, 1928

Housetops, 1928

Rooftops, 1928

Karlstadt, 1928

Castle, Cochem, 1928

German edition: Romantik der Kleinstadt ("Romantic Towns" of Germany), 1932 (pictured above)