Christmas, 1963

DECEMBER 1963 – Erich and Edith Carstens, and Editha Schweim (right), celebrate Christmas in Kiel, Germany. © Inga Schweim/

The story behind the image

1963 saw the family in a good mood. My grandmother Edith had married her second husband, Erich, three years ago, and they were a happy couple. And you can see the happiness in her face. At 22 years, my aunt Editha (on the right) was about to take over the family business in Kiel, and my mother Inga had settled into her job as a secretary and had been improving her photographic skills in her spare time.

Sadly, she had been using a color negative film for this image which had been entirely ruined over the past six decades. The only visible color is red today, and the only way to restore this image was to turn it into a black and white image. But it works – at least for documentary purposes – quite well, I think.

And with this, I wish you a Merry Christmas.

The high resolution image

Capture Date24-DEC-1963
LocationKiel, Germany
Image Source7 x 10 cm Color Print
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4542 x 3231 Pixels by Inga Schweim

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