Otto Schweim (1894-1956)

An undated portrait of Otto Christian Theodor Schweim (1894-1956), probably taken in Kiel in Germany, in 1915 or 1916. Scan © by Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

This historic photo shows my grandfather, Otto Schweim.

Otto was born in Kiel in Germany in 1894 when the military harbour was growing quickly. So it is no surprise that he showed interest in the military and finally joined the naval forces in January 1915 as an officer. Shortly before the end of the war in September 1918, he got captured by British troops who treated him well until his release in 1919. Here is another photo of Otto that shows him after his return to Kiel.

This portrait was taken by Georg Billström in Kiel, probably in 1915 or 1916. Billström had opened a photo studio in 1890 in the city center of Kiel and was a busy and popular photographer (probably like Alb. Giesler in Eutin.) While this is just a photo print, the quality is outstanding. The focus is excellent, the depth-of-field is nice. I am very glad that this photo survived for more than a century.

Otto Christian Theodor Schweim was born on this day in 1894.

The high resolution image

Capture Dateunknown
LocationKiel, Germany
Image Source9 x 14 cm black & white print
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4145 x 6218 Pixels
CopyrightScan © by Mark Zanzig/

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