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Spectacular Photographs Of Sogndal In 1900: The People Of Wild Norway

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Sogndal Norway 1900

 

These sensational pictures of Norway before the oil boom were taken in and around Sogn og Fjordane county by the following photographers:

Nils Olsson Reppen (1856-1925) was born on the farm Reppen in Sogndal, Norway. In 1882 he immigrated to the US and started a career as a photographer in Browns Valley, Minnesota. He returned to Norway and set up business as a photographer in Sogndal in the 1890s. The majority of Reppen’s negatives were lost in a fire in 1965, and only 388 glass plate negatives remain today.

Engineer Kristian Berge (1887-1965) worked at Statens Havnevesen (The Norwegian port authorities) for 43 years. He lived in Oslo but was born and grew up in the municipality of Stryn in Sogn og Fjordane county.

Knut Aaning was born in Stryn 23rd of April 1880. He trained as a photographer in Bergen and then returned to Stryn to work as a photographer in the Oppstryn area.

Anders Folkestadås (1865-1914), a foreman in the Norwegian lighthouse service, was involved in the construction of several lighthouses along the coast of Norway. In 1906 for instance he led the construction of Kråkenes lighthouse in Sogn og Fjorane, and later in 1910 he worked at Sklinna lighthouse in Nord-Trøndelag.

Paul Stang (1888-1923) was a self-taught photographer who, camera in hand, documented the establishment of aluminium production in the small village of Stongfjorden, Norway. Paul was fond of nature and disliked the development of industry in Stongfjorden. Even so he, like many others in Stongfjorden, found work at the aluminium factory – A/S Stangfjorden Elektrokemiske Fabriker.

 

Sogndal Norway 1900

Skinneslok seter, 1921. Identifier: SFFf-100585.271311 Photographer: Kristian Berge. Medium: Cellulose nitrate negative.

Skinneslok seter, 1921. Photographer: Kristian Berge.

A mill

A mill

Sogndal Norway 1900

Sogndal Norway 1900

Sogndal Norway 1900

Sogndal Norway 1900

Sogndal Norway 1900

Group portrait of the amateur actors performing in the play “Elskhug og giftarmål”.
Photographer: Paul Stang. 1910

Sogndal Norway 1900

Sogndal Norway 1900

Group portrait at Lushågen.
Photographer: Paul Stang. 1910

Sogndal Norway 1900

Winter in Stongfjorden.
Photographer: Paul Stang. 1910

Sogndal Norway 1900

A group of people playing the game “slå på ring”.
Photographer: Paul Stang.

Sogndal Norway 1900

Stongfjorden Rifle Club.
Photographer: Paul Stang. 1910

Sogndal Norway 1900

From the 1913 floods in Erdalen, Stryn.
Photographer: Kristian Berge.

Sogndal Norway 1900

Ski jump competition, Brekke.1914.
Photographer: Kristian Berge.

Sogndal Norway 1900

Æskjersundet, Fedje. 1917.
Photographer: Kristian Berge.

Sogndal Norway 1900

Self-portrait: Kristian Berge, 1918.
Photographer: Kristian Berge.

Sogndal Norway 1900

Room at “Stryn”, 1915.
Photographer: Kristian Berge.

Sogndal Norway 1900

Vågane whaling station, ca. 1918-1920.
Photographer: Kristian Berge.
Medium: Cellulose nitrate negative.
Original caption (from Berge’s negative album): Vågane Hvalstasjon.
Vågane is situated to the northeast of Smørhamn in Bremanger. In 1917 the Norwegian State initiated the building of a whaling station named “Den Norske Stats Kvalstasjon” at this location. The station was bulit due to the lack of fat during WWI. The whaling station produced cooking fat and oil, and later also bone meal. Three experts from the county of Vestfold were in charge of running the station. The station had three boats and captured about 180 whales per year. The whaling station in Vågane was closed down in 1920.

Sogndal Norway 1900

At Dønfoss coaching inn, ca. 1918-1920.
Photographer: Kristian Berge.

Sogndal Norway 1900

Homlungen lighthouse, 1921.
Photographer: Kristian Berge.

Sogndal Norway 1900

Dancing in the snow, 1923.
Photographer: Kristian Berge.

Sogndal Norway 1900

Having a drink at Demmevasshytta cabin by the Hardangerjøkulen glacier, 1923.
Identifier: SFFf-100585.274921
Photographer: Kristian Berge.

Sogndal Norway 1900

Sogndal Norway 1900

Photographer: Knut Aaaning. 1900

Sogndal Norway 1900

Photographer: Knut Aaaning.
Date:ca. 1900-1922.

Sogndal Norway 1900

Knut Aaaning. 1900

Sogndal Norway 1900

The bride and groom are probably Marie Roaldsand and Lars Folkestad.
Photographer: Elling Andersson Folkestadås
Date: 1921

Sogndal Norway 1900

Five of the first shift workers at the aluminium factory in Stongfjorden in 1908. From the left: Konrad Yndestad, A. Skrede, Laurits Yndestad and the Swedish blacksmith Johan Viktor Kilberg.
Original caption: Paul Stang. 1910

Sogndal Norway 1900

The cows are being milked at one of the farms in Stongfjorden.
Photographer: Paul Stang. 1910

Sogndal Norway 1900

Two men and the boy Anton Stang in an orchard.
Original caption: “Blandt blomar”. (Among flowers).
Photographer: Paul Stang. 1910

Sogndal Norway 1900

Celebrations, Flatekval, 1898, by Andreas Mathias Anderssen (1849-1943)

Ålesund harbour, 1922.  Identifier: SFFf-100585.274866   Photographer: Kristian Berge.

Ålesund harbour, 1922. Photographer: Kristian Berge.

Sogndal Norway 1900

A picnic at a mountain farm.

Sogndal Norway 1900

The wedding of Lars Eide and Gjertrud Leite in Sogndal.

Sogndal Norway 1900

Flåm.

Sogndal Norway 1900

Låvi, Aurland.

Sogndal Norway 1900

Johannes Torstad at his farm in Sogndalsdalen.

Sogndal Norway 1900

 

Via The County Archives of Sogn og Fjordane