When Dean Putney’s mom showed him his great-grandfather Walter Koessler’s photo album he knew that he had to share the amazing images with the world. The photos show his grandfather’s experiences as a German officer during World War I. Dean decided to scan and share some of the 700 photos on Tumblr, which found radical popularity on the Internet.
The collection offers a rare glimpse at a personal view of the unique time period. Out of context, these worn-out photographs are like untitled memories of ghosts from a distant past. Considering their age, it is amazing that they were all so well-preserved.
Dean Putney successfully funded a Kickstarter campaign to print the collection of photos into an art book. If you are interested in what you see you can delve deeper into The Walter Koessler Project at the website here.