These hand tinted lantern slides show tourists and destinations in Norway around the turn of the 19th century. They were produced by professional photographer Samuel J. Beckett and P. Heywood Hadfield, a ship’s surgeon employed by the Orient Steam Navigation Company. The two British men traveled on the Orient-Royal Mail Line to Australia and various Orient Line pleasure cruises to Norway and other destinations.
Hadfield wrote With an Ocean Liner (Orient Co’s S.S. “Ophir”) Through the Fiords of Norway, A Photographic Memento of a Fortnight’s Cruising, a book published in several editions by the London Stereoscopic & Photographic Co. Ltd in the early 1900s. In the book it is stated that the company is “prepared to supply Lantern Slides of the Photographs either coloured or uncoloured”. Both the book and the lantern slides would most likely have been marketed as souvenirs to the cruise passengers.
Beckett also published books from his travels in Norway. Several of the slides in this collection illustrate his travel handbook The Fjords and Folk of Norway, first published in 1915 by Methuen & Co. Ltd.
Description: The girl is probably Anna Øye, later married Nordang (1906-1997). The man holding her is Elling J. Øyehol (born 1841) from Heimste-Holen.
Kviknes Hotel, located on the Balholm peninsula in Balestrand, Sogn.
Two male tourists getting their picture taken at the Møll farms, Geiranger.
Voss. The building in the centre of the image is Fleischer’s Hotel. The hotel was built in 1889 in the then popular Swiss style. Fleischer’s Hotel was popular with well-to-do tourists around the turn of the 19th century.
Clothes washing in the creek near Hotell Gerianger.
Group of tourists visiting a glacier.
Three women in national costume, “bunad”, from the Hardanger region. They’re photographed outside Sundal Guesthouse in Mauranger.
Two women and a young girl putting grass to dry on a “hesje”. The photo is probably from the Steinsdalen valley in Kvam, Hardanger. 1915
“‘Orient Line Cruises’, Bergen, a courtyard in the hanseatic quarter.”
Eidfjord, ca 1915.
View of the Nærøyfjord from Gudvangen, Sogn.
Måbødalen in Hardanger. The road in Måbødalen was under construction for a period of several years. The final stretch of road was finished in 1916.
Glacier and waterfall, Norway. We have not been able to identify where this picture was taken.
Voss, ca. 1898-1901.
A view of Eide (today called Granvin) in Hardanger.
Sundal, Mauranger, ca 1898-1901.
Woman in national costume and bridal crown, Hardanger.
Stalheimskleiva near Voss. The buliding on the top right is Stalheim Hotel.
Two tourists walking on the road from Geiranger to Djupvasshytta
Glittertind – the second highest mountain in Norway. Not counting the icecap, Glittertind reaches 2454 m above sea level. Glittertind is located within the municipality of Lom, in the Jotunheimen mountain area.
Hotel Nordangsdal was located in Fivelstadhaugen by the road between Øye and Hellesylt. The hotel was built in 1885 and received a lot of tourists in the decades before the Second World War.
This photo was probably taken at Seim, Øvre Vassenden in the municipality of Granvin.
Bondhuselva, ca 1898-1901.
The Fantoft stave church in Bergen.
The fish market in Bergen, ca 1915.
“The Viking” aground in the Geiranger fjord, 1910.
In 1910 “The Viking” ran aground on the sand bank by Hotel Merok in Geiranger. The steamer was about to make a stop in Geiranger when the accident happened: Instead of reversing the crew gave full speed ahead and ran aground. Several attempts were made to remove the ship from the sand bank, but it took several days to succeed. One anchor was lost. Today the anchor is displayed at this spot, still referred to as “the Viking sands”.
Men working on a new tram line in Bergen.
“Laksegilje” – a fishing device designed to capture salmon.
The Steinsdalsfossen waterfall near Norheimsund. Steinsdalsfossen is one of the most visited waterfalls in Norway. It is possible to walk dryshod on a path behind the falling water.
The interior of Eidfjord church, formerly called Vik church, in Hardanger.
Wedding procession, Eidfjord church, ca 1915.
Via The County Archives of Sogn og Fjordane – fylkesarkiv.