As a passionate collector of postcards, Ernst Zschaler built up a unique collection of Chur motifs over decades. The Chur Municipal Archives have taken over this collection in its entirety.
At the end of the 19th century and in the first half of the 20th century, an immense number of picture postcards were created. The first ones were still printed lithographs, but soon photographs prevailed. Each of these old picture postcards of Chur takes its viewer on a little journey through time. They show what the town used to look like and how it has changed over the years. In addition to the subjects, the charm of the postcards lies partly in their design according to the spirit of the times. Therefore, the copies available in the city archives are gladly and much used by the visitors.
With the acquisition of the Zschaler collection, the number of cards available in the city archive has tripled at one time. Ernst Zschaler has been collecting photographic postcards for over 50 years, especially of his home town of Chur. Over the years, he has built up what is probably the most important collection of Chur subjects. Among them are many rarities. Fortunately, Zschaler always refused to sell the Chur cards individually, but wanted to preserve the collection as a whole. The Chur Municipal Archives have now taken over the collection, which will thus be preserved in its entirety for posterity.Note: This text was translated by machine translation software and not by a human translator. It may contain translation errors.