Sunday, December 5, 2010

Photo Number 390

Today I have some foreign CdV’s or Cartes  d’ visite or visiting cards that belong to Pam. 


Vikner Photo front K and A Vikner Photo Back Pam

I think this one is from Sweden..Venersborg?  The “thick” tie was popular from 1890 to 1895 in America, but I am not sure if that was the case overseas or not.  CdV’s from this time are typically head and shoulders and the back can be very elaborate with colored backs and gold print was common.

swennesen front Pam chr schwennesen back Pam one

I think this one is from Denmark.  I will guess that this one is from around 1890.  The lace on the ladies gown is stunning.

Perhaps one of our readers can tell us more about these foreign CdV’s.

Thanks for stopping by, do come again:)


  1. Yes, Vänersborg (as it is spelled today) is a city in western Sweden. In the photo collection Porträttfynd (at the website of The Federation of Swedish Genealogical Societies) there are about 100 photographs from K. & A. Vikner, but not the one above. You are welcome to add that one to the collection. Unfortunately there is no english interface.

  2. It seems fitting that there is remarkable lace in the second one. Tondern/Tonder is situated on the German-Denmark border just inside Denmark. Tondern lace, was made there in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

    Tondern "other claim to fame" is that it is the site of a Zeppelin airship base that was operated at Tønder by the German navy and subject of a famous WWI airplane raid from Britain.

  3. Christian Theodor Schwennesen was born about 1858. He had photographs marked with both Westerstrasse (loosely: West Road) No 4 and 96, so I assume he moved from one location to the other - which might help someone date the picture.

  4. Beautiful photos and so very interesting to read the comments above. Enjoy your day Connie.

  5. The first very handsome man and the other man must have been very blond.

  6. I never knew the "photos" I sent were calling cards/CdV's...I'd like to know more about the way I phoned Diane from Pacifica, CA she said she'd be interested in a full-circle story, Have you heard from her?

  7. Hi Pam, No I have not heard from her. That is wonderful! I look forward to a story from her concerning Hilda, Gloria and Albert! :)

  8. The woman in the second photo is just beautiful - she reminds me of a 1930s or 40s movie actress in her facial features.

    Pam - take a look at for information on CdVs. I love their site, as it explains things very well and not with a ton of unneded info. From there, you can jump off to other sites.



Hi, Thanks for the comments, your input on these old photos is appreciated! English only please! All comments will be moderated! Connie