WW1 photos of wine bottling in Brussels under German occupation

$65.00 CAD

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Set of 4 photos from same location.

Scenes: Brussels during World War 1

  • Soldiers loading cases of wine on to horse-driven cart, on reverse: ‘Brussel im ersten Weltkrieg’  Brussels during World War.
  • Soldiers and civilians moving empty wine bottle and barrel in courtyard, on reverse: ‘Brussel im ersten Weltkrieg’ Brussels during World War.
  • Women cleaning empty wine bottle under watch of soldier, on reverse: 'Brussel' Brussels
  • Men in wine cellar bottling wine from barrels, soldiers, on reverse: ‘Brussel im Wienkeller’ Brussels winecellar

The last photo has good image of the top of wine barrel, allowing to identify the wine as a 1914 riesling: 

   AH               40268
1914er Trittenheimer
  Adolph Huesgen
Traben-Trarbach Mosel
      Fur Et. Jnt.3


All photos have word(s) in pencil on back.



12 x 16.75 cm

(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the photo for sale)



The beginning was the passion for wine – since the 17th century is borne by 9 generations until presence.

Adolph Huesgen (1855-1949)

Adolph inherited the business at an early age. In 1874 the cellars were enlarged to a capacity of 600 Fuder. In 1888, he constructed new cellars alongside the nearby railway and again in 1904, he further enlarged them to a capacity of 2000 Fuder. The same year work began on his Art Noveau house VILLA HUESGEN, which was designed by famous Berlin architect Professor Bruno Möhring (see VILLA HUESGEN and Art Deco), who was wellknown throughout Germany. Adolph Huesgen’s name and reputation as a merchant were well known and this respect earned him the nickname of “Mosel-Bismark”. In 1925, on his 70th birthday, he finally handed over the business to his son. However, he still retained an interest in the company.