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    Posted 9 years ago

    austrohung…
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    I'm very fond of these two cabinet format family portraits. Not only they show amazing Art Nouvea furniture (I adore the one on pic.2), but share the same subject: a german military father, his wife and his daughter.

    My guess is that they were made at the begining of the Big War (although I could be wrong and they're a bit earlier... In any case, I'm sure these two guys fought in the war. I hope they both survived it).

    So sad the second photo isn't in a good condition.

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    1. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 9 years ago
      Thanks for your love ELISABETHAN!!!
    2. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 9 years ago
      Thanks for loving them WALKSOFTLY, MIKE, AGH and JEWELS!!!
    3. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 9 years ago
      PATSEA and ROYCROFT, thanks for loving!!!
    4. SEAN68 SEAN68, 9 years ago
      what is interesting here is the second picture , the wife looks to be African American and German mixture. the reason why I say that is because I can clearly see that , which is amazing , due to what was going on in America at that time.
    5. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 9 years ago
      Thanks for your love SEAN!

      It's funny Sean, because I was about to mention that when I wrote the post. There's certainly something African about her looks, although I woudn't dare to say "African American" here...

      Germany had a colonial history of its own. There were colonies settled by and controlled by the German Empire from 1884 to 1919:
      - Tanganika (today the continental part of Tanzania, Zanzibar being the island part of it)
      - Ruanda-Urundi (today's Ruanda and Burundi)
      - Wituland (today a part of Kenya)
      - Kionga (today a region in Mozambique)
      - German South West Africa (today's Namibia and part of Botswana)
      - Togoland (today's Ghana and Togo)
      - Kamerun (today's Cameroon and a region in Nigeria)

      Germany also had colonies in the Pacific (German Samoa, German New Guinea, Kaiser-Wilhelmsland, Bismarck Archipelago, German Solomon Islands, Bougainville Island, Nauru, Marshall Islands, Mariana Islands, Caroline Islands... many of them in the Melanesia area, where complexions are much darker than that of Polinesians or Micronesians)

      So it woudn't be rare a military guy would marry some pretty mixed-race girl from the colonies (probably the daughter of another military man). Another option could be she's not German but French or Dutch, countries with a much longer colonial history...

      In any case, as I was told by my German ex (yes, there's one, and a South African one, and an American born/French naturalised one too... -oh, my, I've got such an international love life! LOL-) the blond percentage population in Germany isn't that high, plus there were other regions in Europe that at the time were a part of Germany and whose inhabitants were of a much darker complexion -due, for instance, to Turkish domination centuries ago for instance...).
    6. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 9 years ago
      Thanks for your love MANI!
    7. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 9 years ago
      Good eye Sean! That is interesting. Would the chair she's sitting on be considered a "shaker" chair?
    8. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 9 years ago
      Is that the same man austro? Looks like it to me. ??? (even the furniture goes together)
    9. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 9 years ago
      the same man with two families? Oh, SHARE!!!! haha, they really look alike, but the gy on the second pic is really handsome -according to my taste, of course-.

      The pics were made in Germany (first one in Frankenberg -Hesse- and second one in Cunewalde -Saxony-) I guess sometime between 1910 and 1914...
    10. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 9 years ago
      lol! great post!
    11. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 9 years ago
      Thanks SHARE! :) Well... I have to admit both guys look alike. It's one of the thngs I like from these two photos
    12. SEAN68 SEAN68, 9 years ago
      Thankyou austro for sharing your information and the conformation as well :)
    13. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 9 years ago
      You're welcome Sean!
    14. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 9 years ago
      Thanks for loving them VET, RADEGUNDER, NORDICMAN and MIKE!!!

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