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
|Location||Schönwalde am Bungsberg, Germany|
|Image Source||13 x 18 cm Print from Original Negative Film|
|Digital Image Source||EPSON Perfection 4870 Photo|
|Digital Image Source Format||TIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB|
|Edited Image Format||JPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB|
|Edited Image Dimensions||5325 x 3601 Pixels|
|Copyright||© by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com|