Wordless Wednesday: Unknown Ancestors

I’m not sure who these women are, but they are from my Melhus or Kvam line.  It was taken in Trondhjeim, Norway.  Anyone have a guess as to what year this might be?

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  • Sanjay Maharaj - March 10, 2010 - 9:53 am

    Could the way they dressed and the furniture piece and the deco in the background give some clues as to what the time period was when this picture was taken?ReplyCancel

  • Frances - March 10, 2010 - 12:32 pm

    It looks like maybe in the 1860’s day dresses.
    Great exercise. I am still struggling with identifying dress. Do you have any resources for looking.?

  • Jen - March 10, 2010 - 10:30 pm

    I am really not sure who they might be. My great-grandmother was born in 1881 in Norway. She emigrated in 1889 and would have been very young. I think that rules her out. Her mother was born in 1851 though and I know that they lived in Trondheim for a while before emigrating. I don’t have any pictures of her (that I know of) so I can’t compare them. I am hoping that someday I find another descendant that has the same picture – with some writing on the back of it!!!
    I will have to check out some websites on period clothing to see if I can get a more exact date to the picture. Thanks for the comments and suggestions!ReplyCancel

  • Øystein Ellingsen - April 7, 2010 - 5:57 am


    It must have been taken in the period 1885-1891. It was then the photographer (Olav P. Skjevlo) had his photo studio in Prinsensgade (The Prince’s street) in Trondheim (Trondhjem).

    Best luck with your research!ReplyCancel

    • Jen - April 7, 2010 - 4:51 pm

      Thank you so much for that information! That should help me in narrowing down who they might be!!ReplyCancel

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