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Missing Monument – The Meta Sudans in Rome


This cone-shaped brick construction in front of the Colosseum was an ancient fountain of the Romans’ time called Meta Sudans.
It does not exist anymore, as it was destroyed at the beginning of the 1930s during some renovation of the whole area.

What you can now see is just the rest of its basement. Meta Sudans was about 20 meters tall.

Foundphotos Diary1


May 6, 2012
In Spring I usually wake up at 04:20 each morning, without alarm.
During the weekends there is plenty of flee markets in Rome, Italy, but a few have the real product.
Someone had told me that there is a clandestine gipsy flee market down a bridge towards the airport. It actually does not have an opening and closing time, gipsies just arrive like phantoms with their loots anytime during the night, and stay until dawn brakes.
My friend suggested to have a torch or some kind of light as there isn’t any there and it’s dark all around. Best would be a head lamp like a miner, my hands would be free to search among the rubbish.
While parking the car at 3:55 next to another car with a broken window, I ask myself where this passion of mine for old photographs has brought me..


Waste management in the 1930s

In 80 years not much has changed about garbage collection.

The basic chain of its management system is the same. A collector drives a truck and empties waste bins in it.

 Sometimes you need barges, but the basic facts are unchanged.
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Image Bank is an image bank specializing in vintage photography.

The archive contains images from the 1900 to 1980, focusing on familiar snapshots.

The subjects range from Chinese tortures to Belle Epoque nudes; from artisans at work to celebrities; from movie stills to sports and historical images.

Most of the images are unique, documenting the history of the 20th Century,

Our photos express characteristics of fashion, trends, icons, lifestyles, technology, social, economic, and political events.