Hotel Pitter, Salzburg

Hote Pitter, SalzburgThe Pitter hotel is a classic 19th century style hotel of Sazlburg now known as Crowne Plaza Salzburg – The Pitter. It is located in the center of Salzburg close to the Cathedral on the Domplatz, the Mirabell Palace and the Congress Hall. Built between 1885 and 1888 by Karl and Babette Pietter, it was bought back by Joseph Reitter Pitter in 1918 who transformed the hotel who was at that time the greatest of Salzburg.

This Hotel Pitter label was designed by the workfshop of H.C.Berann. The signature can be seen on the picture at the right bottom part of the illustration.

Hotel Excelsior, Zell am See

Hotel Excelsior, Zell-am-SeeZell am See is an important tourist city in the Kitzbühel Alps in Austria at around 100 km of Insbruck and 30 km of the famous Mount Großglockner. The town’s development was linked by the establishment of a railway line from Salzburg in 1875, starting the annual summer tourisme season. In 1928, the village became a city and has today almost 10,000 inhabitants. The major industry is of course tourism and the city proposes a rich selection of hotels, some of them, with a view on the lake.

This label “Hotel Excelsior, Zell am See, Österreich” was designed by H.C Berann. The Berann signature can be seen on the right middle part of the image. The Hotel Excelsior itself does not seem to exist anymore.

Hotel Schwarzer Adler, St.Anton am Arlberg

Schwarzer Adler Hotel, St.AntonThe hotel “Schwarze Adler” was built by Empress Maria Theresia. Previously, in the region the Knights of Saint-John established an inn named “zum Schwarzen Adler” in the city of Saint Anton in Tyrol, Austria. The development of the mass tourism dated back from the year 1880 with the opening of the railway. The Schwarze Adler belongs since 1885 to the same family: the Tschol.

The design of the hotel label “St.Anton am Arlberg 1300m, Tirol, Austria / Hotel Schwarzer Adler, Besitzer: Karl Tschol” can be attributed to H.C.Berann. His signature can been seen at the bottom part of the label, just above the letter ‘B’ of the word “Besitzer”.

Salzburg, the city of Mozart

Salzburg, Berann

Salzburg fountain, BerannSalzburg, famous for its attractive scenic Alpine backdrop, is a city in Austria (the fourth-largest after Vienna, Graz and Linz) close to the German border. Its “Old Town” (“Altstadt”) is internationnaly known for its baroque architecture which makes Salzburg on the the best-preserved city centers in the German speaking world. This historica centre is listed by the UNESCO as a World Heritage. Salzburg is also known as Mozart’s birthplace and for its classical music festival. The name of Salzburg comes from the world “Salz” which means “salt” in German.

This German speaking brochure was printed in “Germany” in 1939… at a date where Austria was incorporated in the German territory (following the Anschluß in 1938). The brochure was designed by Berann in Innsbruck and includes a panorama map of the Salzburg area. The internal pages proposes beautiful illustrations of some major Salzburg’s touristic spot including the Mirabelle Garden.

Mirabelle garden, Salzburg

Berann map of the Salzburg area

Innsbruck – Tyrol

Innsbruck, TyrolInnsbruck is the capital city of the province of Tyrol in Austria. This 1958 brochure was printed in Austria and designed by the Workshop of Heinrich Caesar Berann (1915-1999); his signature can be seen on the front image.

The following comment in English was added in this multilingual brochure: “With magnetic force, the ‘old town’ section draws and enthrals every visitor by the sheer beauty within its walls. In this tranquil island of the Middle Ages, everyone feels as though rejuvenated, and experiences a deep joy when looking at what emperors, nobles and citizens created and have left to posterity. Under the charm of these ancient buildings, past and present merge into one another in Innsbruck’s unspoiled ‘old town’ and one is joyously aware that here time does not exist; here time stands still, so long as one can revere and enjoy.”

Schwangau – Hohenschwangau (Neuschwanstein)

Schwangau, Hohenschwangau, Neuschwanstein

Hohenschwangau is a village which is part of the municipality of Schwangau in southwest Bavaria, Germany, close to the Alps mountains. It is a famous touristic place for its two castles built by Ludwig II of Bavaria in then end of the XIXth century, Schloss Hohenschwangau and Schloss Neuschwanstein. This latter is well known universally as it was the inspiration of Walt Disney for his Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.

The illustration and the map were designed by the Austrian artist Hans Oberbacher. Born in Tyrol, he’s known for his relief-like maps of the Alps from Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Itay. The brochure itself was published in Germany in december 1961.

Hohenschwangau map

Canadian Pacific All Services Map

Canadian PacificHeadquartered in Calgary, Alberta, the Canadian Pacific Railway is a historic Canadian rail carrier founded in 1881. The railway was originally built between eastern Canada (Ontario, not Atlantic Coat) and British Columbia between 1881 and 1885. It was Canada’s first transcontinental railway. Primarily a freight railway, the Canadian Pacific was for decades the only practical means of long-distance passenger transport in most regions of Canada (the passenger business was moved to Via Rail). Canadian Pacific Railways was instrumental in the settlement and development of Western Canada. The CP became one of the largest and most powerful companies in Canada and operated too airplanes and ships.
From the late 1880s until after World War II, Canadian Pacific Ships was Canada’s largest operator of Atlantic and Pacific steamships. It was purchased in 2005 by Hapag Lloyd.
Based at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, British Columbia, Canadian Pacific Air Lines was a Canadian airline that operated from 1942 to 1987 and its integration in Air Canada.

Ariadne, Hamburg Amerika Linie

Ariadne, Hamburg Amerika LinieThe Hamburg Amerika Linie also known as HAPAG or Hamburg Amerikanische Paketfahrt Actien-Gesellschaft was a transatlantic shipping company launched in 1847 in Hamburg, Northern Germany. It became the largest German shipping company and one of the biggest world shipping company.

In its first years of existence, the Hamburg America Line exclusively connected European ports with North American ports. It supported for years the Germain immigration in the USA.

By 1872 the company was making weekly passages to New York and had extended their service to include Baltimore, Boston, Anwerp, Montreal, the West Indies, Mexico, South American, China, Japan and Australia.

In 1970, the Hamburg America Lien merged with is Bremen competitor Lloyd to becom the Hapag-Lloyd AG which is still one of the most important shipping company in the world.

Launched in 1957, the Ariadne was formerly known as Patricia and acquired from Swedish Lloyd. It cruised in the Bahamas during the year 1972. The ship was sold to Bahamas in 1973 and renamed Freeport II. It was the 2nd ship of HAPAG with the Ariadne name.


Cataract Hotel, Aswan

Cataract Hotel, AswanThe Cataract Hotel is a historic luxury hotel perched atop a granite hill on the banks of the Nile River in Assouan (Aswan). It was built in 1899 by Thomas Cook to house travelers. Among them: Czar Nicholas II, Winston Churchill, Agatha Christie (part of the novel Death on the Nile happened in the hotel) or François Mitterrand. It took its name from the rivers First Cataract at the northern border of Nubia. It was renamed Old Cataract Hotel in 1961 after the construction of a new wing named New Cataract.
Ad, Egyptian Gazette (11/12/1899): “Every modern comfort. Large and small apartment rooms, library, billiard room etc. … fireplaces in hall, salons and the main rooms. Electrical lights running all night. Perfect sanitary arrangements approved by the authorities. Can accommodate 60 visitors.
The Cataract Hotel label displays a shadow picture of the Philae temple of Isis on Lake Nasser.


Fly TWAGeneric TWA promotion poster picturing a Lockheed Constellation, fliying above the clouds. The associated slogan is : “Across the U.S and Overseas, Fly TWA, Trans World Airlines”. This unknown poster was designed ca 1952.
Trans World Airlines (TWA) was one of the major American airline in the airlines history with Pan American World Airlines. Created in 1925, it dominated the domestic US market with Pan Am, United Airlines and Eastern Air Lines before deregulation. The company was famous for its routes circumnavigated the globe. It has been acquired by American Airlines in 2001. In the 1940s, the company was owned by the famous billionaire Howard Hughes.