Schönwalde am Bungsberg, 1910

1910 – Ranger Paul Gehring with his wife Eugenie and his daughters Edith and Irmgard pose for the photographer in front of the ranger station in Schönwalde am Bungsberg in Germany. © Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com


The story behind the image

Here’s a real gem from our family archives: A photo of my great grandfather Paul with his wife Eugenie and their daughters Edith (my grandmother, born 1905) and Irmgard (born 1907). They pose for the photographer in front of their home, the ranger station in Schönwalde am Bungsberg in Northern Germany.

Two men can be seen on the right, but it’s unclear who they are. One seems to be a worker or assistant as he has apparently been unable to prepare for the photo; the man on the horse seems to be a supervisor or manager. Of course, the horse adds to the impression of power and status, so he could also be the mailman.

Paul had been working as a hunter and ranger for the Oldenburg family from 1903 to 1932. He started in Oldenburg in Lower Saxony as a hunter (“Leibjäger” in German). In 1906 he moved to Schönwalde am Bungsberg to continue hunting, and in 1909 he became the ranger of Schönwalde and Lensahn. He had made it: husband to a lovely wife, two smart kids, a good job, and living in a beautiful house.

To be continued…


The high resolution image

Capture Date1910
LocationSchönwalde am Bungsberg, Germany
Image Source13 x 18 cm Print from Original Negative Film
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions5325 x 3601 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

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