View Full Version : 1903 Swedish Photo tells a happy story.

22-01-14, 19:19
Hi everyone- Forgive me, I'm not Finnish but I wanted to share some info and a framed photo that I recently found that I think would interest you. It is a 1903 photo of three Swedish (?) family or friends at Niagara Falls, NY. The photograph is a very rare type call "silver gelatin". The writing on the back and names appear to be: Ingra Hedwall, Ellida, and Selin. (I am not sure of the spelling) You can see more info and photos here:
If you have any info or feedback to add, I'd love it. thx!

June Pelo
22-01-14, 20:11

It seems to be something wrong with the URLs.. I wasn't able to see any of the pictures..

23-01-14, 00:37
Sorry that the link did not work... Let me try this photo listing again:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/10741145*N02/12089430154/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10741145%40N02/12089430154/) http://www.flickr.com/photos/10741145*N02/12089720276/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10741145%40N02/12089720276/)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/10741145*N02/12089429534/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10741145%40N02/12089429534/)

23-01-14, 01:06
I'm still trying to post photos. Try this link, it has an album with several photos on Shutterfly: http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=0GatGrVuxasam

June Pelo
23-01-14, 02:13
The url worked, but I don't recognize the names nor the people. Maybe someone else will know...

23-01-14, 15:44
I found the following old post on the internet, on http://salship.se/guestbook_2000_rest.php

"Lynnell Small - 08/18 /2000 02:27:19


My Grandmother from Torsaker, Sweden was always proud to say she crossed the ocean seven times. I have one of her naturalization papers with her pictures from her sailing on SAL in 1936. Her name was Ellida Hedvall Selin. She came to the USA in Sept. 190 and was married in the Seaman's home in NYC upon arrival."

Lena A

June Pelo
23-01-14, 18:46
I asked Ingemar Ekman about this, and he said he checked for emigrants from Torsåker, Sweden and found Ester Elida Selin b. 16/3 1902 in Torsåker, emigrated 6 Oct 1922.

He also found that about 175 individuals from Sweden/Norway/Denmark were married in this church between 1887-1930).

23-01-14, 20:13
I'm delighted that the forum has found interest in this old photo. The clothing style is absolutely lovely - especially the hats! FYI: The New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art owns a similar rare piece that is searchable on their website. Also, the Gelatin Silver photo is a rarely used photography format. The individuals were superimposed on the Whirlpool photo. This is one of the first examples of the then new photography technique. According the NY Museum of Art: "Around the turn of the twentieth century, visitors to Niagara Falls could have portraits of themselves inserted into a variety of stock backgrounds depicting the falls from vantage points that were inaccessible to tourists."

24-01-14, 11:29
The "at" character in the flicker URL will always be replaced with an asterisk in a Finlander forum message. This mainly to try to remove possibilities that email addresses posted on the forum not as easily would be recognized in the content harvesters that search for email addresses every second day.

Flicker is one of the few sites that use the "at" character in their URLs. One technical solution in this case is to replace the "at" character in the URLs with the sequence "%40". If you now try the links in the first posting in this thread you notice that I changed the urls and now work.