A summer idyll, interrupted

We can see from this scene that parents have overreacted to teenage behavior since at least the 1850s.  A girl and a boy lounge in the grass.  A basket of wildflowers lies at the girl's feet.  The boy innocently offers her a small bouquet.  Meanwhile, the girl's father discovers them and charges through the bushes... Continue Reading →

Female photographers in Sweden: Mimmi Gustafsson and Mathilda Janson

It was relatively rare for women in Britain and North America to set up their own commercial studios in the nineteenth century.  In Scandinavia, in contrast, women seem to have embraced the business of photography from the earliest days and to have enjoyed commercial success on a par with their male counterparts.  This topic has... Continue Reading →

Swedish secrets

This carte-de-visite was made by Jacob Lundbergh (1828-1904) in Stockholm.  According to his Swedish Wikipedia page, he worked as a professional photographer for eleven years (1861-1872), becoming famous for his portraits of actors, singers and other cultural figures.  His brother, Bernhard Lundbergh, was an opera singer with the Royal Theater.

Family in Brussels

This carte-de-visite was made by the studio of Albert Baron & César Mitkewicz in Brussels (Bruxelles), Belgium.  The mother's gaze engages the viewer while the father's seems unfocused.  The two sisters pose affectionately as the younger one reads from a book.  

Nanny and little girl

This CDV came from the town of Kettering in England.  My guess would be that it belonged originally to a family associated with a British diplomatic mission in the Middle East or North Africa.  India is also a possibility.

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