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Victory Celebrations near the Brandenburg Gate (September 21, 1866)
Elaborate victory celebrations were organized by Prussian authorities on September 21, 1866, to emphasize a new relationship between the Prussian monarchy, parliament, and the people – on Bismarck’s and King Wilhelm I’s terms. Based on a drawing by L. Burger and Hermann Scherenberg, this woodcut shows the Prussian king being greeted by a delegation of girls [Festjungfrauen]. The Brandenburg Gate (left) serves as an ideal backdrop.