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Copenhagen - Looking North from Round Tower (Old Postcard)

An old postcard, showing the view looking north from the Round Tower in Copenhagen. The tower at the right is Rosenborg Castle, a onetime royal residence which is now a museum.


Two other buildings, which are still prominent, are nearby. The National Gallery of Art (Statens Museum for Kunst) is behind Rosenborg. It was completed in 1898. The large building at far right looks rather modern, but was built as a barracks in 1770. It became the headquarters of DSB, the Danish state railroad, in 1926.


The smokestacks are one element that you do not see in Copenhagen's current skyline. I wonder what they are. Factories? Heating plants for large apartment buildings?


The postcard gives no clues that help to fix a date. The spelling of Round Tower (Rundetaarn rather than Rundetårn) means that the photo is probably before 1948, but that is fairly certain anyway. ("å" replaced "aa" as an official letter in Danish for most purposes in 1948.) The newest of the three major buildings was built in 1898, but that seems fairly certain, given the evolution of photography. There are no cars or horse carriages. So the date is a wild guess on my part. Any better ideas?


The location on the map is the Round Tower.

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Taken circa 1915