A quarter of a million portrait images!

ArkivDigital has recently added about 250,000 portraits to its online archive. The database includes personal photographs from three Stockholm photography studios: Jaeger, Bergne and Welinder photographed from 1920 up to the 1970’s. Most of the portraits are of Stockholmers but there are even photographs from other parts of the country. Along with the portrait collection is a name searchable register.

In order to view the portrait register, one must have an All-in-one subscription and access the service by using the web version of our program software. In order to access the portrait collection, do the following:

  • In the program, select “New index search”.
  • Select “Portrait collection”.
  • You can begin to search.

portrait search

Most of the portrait orders include several images. There are both portraits representing only one person and also group pictures. The amount of information that is shown on the register will vary by image as well as studio. Below is an index record for Astrid Lindgren author of the Pippi Longstocking books for a photograph ordered in 1944.

index portrait lindgren

The type of information that is shown in the register for all three studios includes:

  • Envelope information – The name which is mentioned most often is the person who ordered the photograph. Often this can be the same person who is in the picture.
  • Studio – The name of the studio.
  • Order – The order number. For the Welinder studio, some orders are divided into multiple envelope and there are multiple entries in the register. Under “shared orders” are images linked to the same order.
  • Date – This may be a complete date (day, month and year) or just a year.

Plus, there is a link to the portrait image. Below is the image for Fru Astrid Lindgren.

fru lindgrenFru Astrid Lindgren photographed at Welinder studio in 1944.

You can find more information in Swedish about this collection by clicking here.

Click here to read Swedish blog about the portrait collection.

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Photographs of Released Prisoners

freed prisoner
Kriminalpolisen i Malmö FIa:7 (1882-1882) Image 154 / page 143 (AID: v97414.b154.s143, NAD: SE/MSA/00453) Link.

As a researcher, it is often easy to find many written documents about one’s ancestors. On the other hand, it is often difficult to know what they looked like or to find a portrait. If you happen to have an ancestor who was a criminal, you may be in luck. Many of the earliest Swedish photographs show prisoners.

You will find a number of volumes titled, “Portrait of released prisoners” in the archive Kriminalpolisen i Malmö. These volumes include portraits of prisoners released from prisons throughout Sweden for the period 1876-1910. You can find a name searchable register of the released prisoners on the Swedish side of our website by clicking here.

In the picture above we see the laborer, Carl Jakob Åström, who was released from Långholmen prison in 1882. While the photo is in black and white, a physical description of the prisoner is written to the left of the photo. Here we see that Carl has brown hair (här: brunt), blue eyes (ögon: blå), straight nose (näsa: rak), ordinary mouth (mun: ordinär), pale skin (hy: blek), 5.45 feet tall (höjd: 5.45 fot) and a strong body build (kroppsbyggnad: stark). On the top of the page you will find more details about Carl’s life along with information about the crime that he committed. In this case, it was his fourth time for stealing.

Read the blog entry in Swedish.

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