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 A large collection of photographs show Warsaw in the first few years after the war. The photos show the city being rebuilt and everyday life returning to its streets. Some also hint at the new political system in place. Ryszard Witkowski, who took up engineering studies after the war, portrayed his colleagues and lecturers; but also the ruins of a destroyed city and new posters hung in the streets. There are also photographs from Milanówek, a town outside of Warsaw. The series of images taken by Karol Pęcherski are a documentation of the rebuilding of the capitol, under the orders of the Warsaw Reconstruction Office (BOS). The photographer captured scenes of clearing debris, securing surviving buildings, and rebuilding of others. These are alive scenic depictions from the reconstruction of the city, such as loading train wagons with debris. Different building techniques may be oftentimes seen: wooden scaffolding supporting surviving front elevations, mixing mortar, and bricklaying. Particular shots show the restoration of Varsovian statues, including the most well-known symbol of the city – Sigismund's Column, that was restored in July 1949. 

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