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Schloss Solitude

All this weeks images were taken on colour slide film during a 1970's visit to Stuttgart and scanned to be shown here. Castle Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany (German: Schloss Solitude), was built as a hunting lodge between 1764 and 1769 under Duke Karl Eugen of Württemberg. The castle is located on a high plain between the towns of Leonberg, Gerlingen and Stuttgart. More of the buildings history can be found [ here ]  Thanks very much for all your comments while we were away in the Lake District last week, I haven't time to answer each individually, I've now got 700+ photos to work my way through, but they have all been read and much appreciated.

 

Schloss Solitude

All this weeks images were taken on colour slide film during a 1970's visit to Stuttgart and scanned to be shown here. Castle Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany (German: Schloss Solitude), was built as a hunting lodge between 1764 and 1769 under Duke Karl Eugen of Württemberg. The castle is located on a high plain between the towns of Leonberg, Gerlingen and Stuttgart. More of the buildings history can be found [ here ]  Thanks very much for all your comments while we were away in the Lake District last week, I haven't time to answer each individually, I've now got 700+ photos to work my way through, but they have all been read and much appreciated.

 

comments (20)

This was quite the hunting lodge Brian... well framed and nicely scanned....petersmile
Brian Walbey: A really swish place in its heyday no doubt.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 20 May 2013, 02:39
Slide film lasted remarkably well brian
Brian Walbey: Indeed Zed, good to see you back but part of the reason why sounds rather difficult for you and your family, I hope things get better soon.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 20 May 2013, 03:22
What did they hunt from here, Brian....Count Dracula, perhaps?
Brian Walbey: Looks that sort of place doesn't it.
Very handsome building, Brian. Nice shot - and your film to scan to digital works well!
Brian Walbey: Yes it is a fine looking building Elizabeth. I paid out for a really good scanner a couple of years ago, well worth the expense.
  • Chad
  • Where latitude and attitude meet
  • 20 May 2013, 05:51
I would not want to be the paper boy having to climb all those steps each morning to shove a copy of the sun through the letter box Brian.
Brian Walbey: At least one could slide back down the banister.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 20 May 2013, 06:59
This is grand architecture Brian
Brian Walbey: Indeed it is Chad. I actually mean Chris, sorry Chris.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 20 May 2013, 08:30
HA, they know how to build a hunting lodge.... just kidding.
I bet this is a wonderful place and I hope they have renovated it over the years.
I Love the stairs, so majestic.
Brian Walbey: Yes it is a fine looking building and the grounds are nice I recall.
I wonder why there is corrugated sheeting in one of the archways.
Brian Walbey: Not sure if that is what it is Richard, or some sort of planking.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 20 May 2013, 08:46
Brian you have captured this building very well
Brian Walbey: Thanks vintage.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 20 May 2013, 08:53
Slide film from the 70s! Wow. You've been at this a long time, Brian! smile
Brian Walbey: First camera in 1959 Ginnie, and then several after that, till my first SLR in 1971 at the time I took up our hobby seriously and joined my first club, by which time I had already taken several hundred slides of motorcycle sport and places on compact cameras, and then a lot more with the SLR's. (I carried two plus lenses to do slides and monochrome at the same time.)
I wish my Kodachrome 64 slides kept like this.
Brian Walbey: I have several thousand slides and they are all kept in normal room temperatures in slide pocket sheets inside lever arch files and it seems to have worked.
Fine looking building Brian
Brian Walbey: Indeed it is John, I guess it will look much the same all these years later.
Just saw Mary's comment. Kodachrome had the best archival properties of any colour reversal film and reputation for stability, dust seems the worst enemy when it comes to scanning.
Brian Walbey: Yes dust is definitely a problem John. I rarely used Kodachrome as I used to do quite a lot of motor sport work and usually had one of the Ektachromes in the camera, they were a bit faster than Kodachrome.
The colours have held up well, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Yes. I've always been fairly careful how I've stored my slides, although I will admit to a touch of Topaz!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 20 May 2013, 17:45
Yes, this is one of South-Germany's architectural highlights- and your old photo captured this elegant building in a fine way. Once a place of loneliness /solitude it is now a crowdy touristic attraction.

"In 1775, the Karlsschule academy moved to Castle Solitude. It served as an academy of arts, a military academy, and later a general university for children of the elite." One of its famoust students was the young poet Friedrich Schiller, but he was unhappy suffering from the strong, hard drill education there, and he escaped!
Brian Walbey: I thought it a very fine building Philine, even some 40 years ago when I took this picture. One reason for going was because, as a motor sport enthusiast, I wanted to see where car and motorcycle Grand Prix were held up to the mid 1960's, and which were quite famous.
A posh Schloss Brian
Brian Walbey: Indeed it is Bill.
Quite a nice structure. Very nicely scanned Brian!
Brian Walbey: Yes it is Richard, thanks.
I'm having to catch up myself, Brian. I especially like the wheelbarrows, and Albert, but the LT engines are superb. Hope the Lake District trip went well. Look forward to seeingsome of the700 pictures.
Brian Walbey: Thanks for looking back Graeme, we had a good time despite the apparently usual weather mix. I am posting a set of panoramas next week before getting down to sorting out anything worthwhile for later this year.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 May 2013, 21:04
A fine little pad in the countryside. They 1970s still seem like yesterday to me but then think of the technology improvements since then.
Brian Walbey: Indeed Alan, when in reality the 70's are over half a lifetime ago for both of us aren't they.
Very grand.

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