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The 1948 harvest at Nussberg, Vienna


This vintage time picture shows butts of grapes being loaded onto a truck at the Nussberg vineyard. [1]

This vintage time picture shows butts of grapes being loaded onto a truck at the Nussberg vineyard. [1]

The United States Information Service was a Cold War agency created in 1953 “to understand, inform and influence foreign publics”. This agency stemmed from a series of information services that were created during World War II to provide a centralized source of information for and about the United States. In 1948 the Smith-Mundt act was passed to “increase mutual understanding” between countries.  Based on this act, there appears to have been an effort that very same year to document the harvest near Vienna, Austria.

This vintage time photograph shows full butts of grapes being unloaded from the back of a truck. [2]

This vintage time photograph shows full butts of grapes being unloaded from the back of a truck. [2]

The Nussberg vineyard is located on a hill in the 19th district of Vienna.  This famous hill has been home to vineyards for centuries.  This particular series documents the harvesting of the grapes, the transporting of them both through the vineyard and on a truck, and finally the pressing in a winery.  For this post I have picked two images I enjoy because they show the intersection between manual and mechanical labor.


[1] Wein. Vienna 19, Nussberg.  United States Information Service. October 1948.  ÖNB Picture Archive and Graphic Collection. URL: http://data.onb.ac.at/rec/baa670598
[2] Volle Butten auf der Ladefläche. Vienna 19, Nussberg.  United States Information Service. October 1948.  ÖNB Picture Archive and Graphic Collection. URL: http://data.onb.ac.at/rec/baa670800

  1. June 20, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    I am enjoying this series very much, wine geeking out!

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