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Norwegian Family with Possessions

Norwegian Family with Possessions | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society
Norwegian family posing with their household possessions, in front of their home. The man dressed in military uniform is a Civil War veteran. Madison, Wisconsin (area), ca. 1870-1879.  The family is in a yard around a table adorned with a lace cloth.  Coffee cups, figurines and books are on the table.  On the left is a man holding a newspaper that says "Norden."  A baby sits in a buggy behind him.  In the rear is a man dressed in a military uniform and, behind him, a man with a rake. On the right is a woman with a tray of beverages and, in front, a rocking horse.
DESCRIPTION
Norwegian family posing with their household possessions, in front of their home. The man dressed in military uniform is a Civil War veteran. Madison, Wisconsin (area), ca. 1870-1879. The family is in a yard around a table adorned with a lace cloth. Coffee cups, figurines and books are on the table. On the left is a man holding a newspaper that says "Norden." A baby sits in a buggy behind him. In the rear is a man dressed in a military uniform and, behind him, a man with a rake. On the right is a woman with a tray of beverages and, in front, a rocking horse.
RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:1972
Creation Date: 1870
Creator Name:Dahl, Andreas Larsen, 1844-1923
City:Madison
County:Dane
State:Wisconsin
Collection Name:Andreas Larsen Dahl photographs, 1870-1880, 1910-1915
Genre:Photograph
Original Format Type:negative, original
Original Format Number:(D3)18
Original Dimensions:4 x 5 inches
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
This image is part of a larger collection of images created by Andreas Larsen Dahl, a Norwegian immigrant photographer who worked in Dane County, Wisconsin throughout the 1870s and early 1880s. Dahl was, by his own words, an "artist." His early photographs are similar to that of other landscape photographers who traveled the countryside in horse-drawn darkroom vans. Dahl lined up families in front of rural and urban houses. He induced his subjects to haul their parlor possessions out onto the front lawn, creating a family leisure scene in front of their house. Through the course of his career, he chronicled both rural and urban life of Norwegian immigrant families in Dane and surrounding counties. In 1883, he left photography to join the Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Seminary. He was ordained as a minister.
SUBJECTS
Architecture, Domestic
Clothing and dress
Family
Outdoor photography
Dwellings
Lawns
Plants
Cities and towns
Portraits, Group
Porches

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