Edith Gehring (1905-1966)

An undated portrait of Edith Eugenie Schweim, born Gehring, (1905-1966), probably taken in Kiel, Germany, around 1930. Scan © by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

The story behind the image

Here is another photo from our family archive showing my grandmother Edith. I never met her as she died too early at the age of 61. Have researched her life I realized that she must have been a remarkable person full of energy. She made it from a small village on the countryside in northern Germany to a successful business owner with two stores for apparel and underwear in Kiel. Kiel is the capital of the Schleswig-Holstein province and pretty large for anyone who grew up in a small village.

Her love and husband (and my grandfather), Otto, was born in Kiel in 1894, and she married him early in her life when she was just 17 years old. She did not feel prepared for children and gave birth to my aunt Editha in 1941 and to my mother Inga in the following year.

This studio portrait is beautiful but sadly the print had been made on embossed paper that cannot be well corrected in Photoshop, so a slight pattern structure overlays the image. But I love the expression on her face and the young and fresh look.

Edith was born on this day in 1905 in Oldenburg, Lower Saxony, Germany.

The high resolution image

Capture Dateunknown
Image Source7.5 x 10 cm black & white print
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, Adobe RGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions3606 x 4808 Pixels
CopyrightScan © by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

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