If you encountered three enchanting ladies in a wood at dusk, and they offered to tell your fortune, would you accept? In the land of Hans Christian Andersen, anything is possible.... I have yet to find any information about the photographer, P. Christensen. Sonderburg is the German name for the town of Sønderborg, in... Continue Reading →
This multi-generational portrait was made at Atelier Fritz Tschira in the scenic town of Osterode am Harz. Osterode is at the edge of the Harz mountains, which are the highest in northern Germany. The postcard isn't dated, but my guess would be late 1920s. If anyone has a different guess, based on clothing or hairstyles... Continue Reading →
When I start researching a foreign photographer, I never expect to find much. I can usually find a few references online, and sometimes studio addresses or dates of operation, but that's generally it. On the other hand, some studios are well documented in their own countries, and the E. Bieber studio in Hamburg is one... Continue Reading →
This cabinet card was made by Atelier Make in Gnesen, Prussia, which is now Gniezno, Poland. The first thing that drew my eye was the large antler handle of the man's walking stick. The second thing was his mustache. Going out on a limb, I'd say he looks Polish, rather than German. I haven't seen... Continue Reading →
The closest English equivalent of the German word Elfenreigen would be "fairy round dance," although Elfenreigen is also sometimes translated as "dance of the elves." Fantke & Co. must have been the children's theater or dance company, but I didn't find any reference to them online. "Carlsberg" may have been the location, but several towns... Continue Reading →
This German Feldpost (field/military) postcard is dated Aug. 19, 1916. Infantrymen are being entertained by a man in civilian clothes holding a music box with the words "Automate à musique" on the front. Perched calmly on top of the music box is a black and white cat. A second man in civilian clothes stands a... Continue Reading →
To continue the cooking theme of the previous post, this postcard from Germany is an unusual portrait of a young cook in her kitchen uniform. Taken in a studio against a rustic painted backdrop, her spotless white clothes glow under careful studio lighting. Like CDVs in the nineteenth century, individual postcard portraits were often exchanged... Continue Reading →
This photo postcard likely originated in northern Europe. The presence of a nun at the back of the room and a crucifix on the wall suggest the class may have been offered by a convent or other Catholic organization. The back provides no information.