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‘Small’ vendors

Author: Walter Buhe (1882–1958)
Dimensions:10.10 × 28.70 cm

inscription: „Kleine“ Händler

‘Vilnius in the Year of War 1916’.

The first part of the publication ‘Vilnius in the Year of War 1916’ is devoted mainly to citizens of Vilnius, the second part to the German army in the city. The first part depicts local people in the streets, poverty-stricken townsfolk attempting to make ends meet by trying to sell something. Jews crowd around their shops offering second-hand clothes, women sell religious articles outside churches, and a travelling musician turns the wheel of his barrel organ in a yard of the Old Town, in the hope of earning a few pennies. Children and teenagers who have lost their parents in the war, and have to find a way to survive, sell newspapers, candles and cigarettes in the streets.

Source: Law firm Valiunas Ellex art album VILNIUS. TOPOPHILIA II (2015). Compiler and author Laima Laučkaitė