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Norwegian Community Picnic

Norwegian Community Picnic | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society
Slightly elevated view of a large, multi-generational Norwegian family and friends gathered for a picnic celebration. In the foreground are picnic baskets on the ground at the end of a long table laden with plates of food. Children holding diplomas are seated in chairs along the side of the table. Adults are posed around the table. A woman holding a bell sits behind another table stacked with books in the center of the group. Women and men stand around the sides.
DESCRIPTION
Slightly elevated view of a large, multi-generational Norwegian family and friends gathered for a picnic celebration. In the foreground are picnic baskets on the ground at the end of a long table laden with plates of food. Children holding diplomas are seated in chairs along the side of the table. Adults are posed around the table. A woman holding a bell sits behind another table stacked with books in the center of the group. Women and men stand around the sides.
RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:2371
Creation Date: 1873
Creator Name:Dahl, Andreas Larsen, 1844-1923
City:
County:
State:Wisconsin
Collection Name:Andreas Larsen Dahl photographs, 1870-1880, 1910-1915
Genre:Photograph
Original Format Type:negative, original
Original Format Number:(D31)688
Original Dimensions:unknown
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
Dresses
Trees
Food
Books
Dinners and dining
Children and adults
Clothing and dress
Family
Outdoor photography
Picnicking
Bells
Clothing and dress
Hats
Chairs
Furniture
Portraits, Group

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