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Submitted by Deborah Toni Blankenberg

Information Picture Question
Category: Photo Identification
Approval Date: 3/21/2018 4:29 PM
Country: Germany
Town: Vechta
Date of Image: between 1874 and 1917
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This is a photo of Adolf BLOCH, a brother of my great-grandfather, and his second wife, Rosa, née WEINBERG. Below the original image is an enhanced image of the photographer's name embossed on the mounting card: Anton SCHRÖDER, Vechta/Oldenburg. Adolf was 39 and Rosa 27 when they married in 1874; this photo is obviously quite a bit later. Adolf died first, in 1917. I'm curious as to when this photo might have been taken. I have looked at a few pre-1918 business directories from this area on Genealogy Indexer but have not found the photographer; a Google search came up empty as well. Can anyone suggest my next steps to dating this photo? Thank you!

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3/22/2018 1:57 AM The photographer came from Vechta i/Oldbg, which means Vechta in the Oldenburger Muensterland. So you definitely need to look for Vechta (a small town 40 miles/66 km south of Oldenburg) and not for the town of Oldenburg itself.

I cannot find a Stadtarchiv in Vechta, but there is a branch of the Catholic Church Archive. Maybe they can help you?
3/22/2018 3:41 AM End of 19 begin of 20th s.
3/23/2018 4:04 AM Hello Deborah,
could it be a photograph taken at the occasion of their 25th wedding-anniversary? They definitely are older than 39 and 27.
My assuption would be 1899, he would be about 64 she 52. The outfit is not "every-day-wear" and also a bit severe. They are holding a photo album, maybe looking back on their mutual time?
Regards from Germany, Corinna
3/23/2018 6:26 PM I agree with Corinna, for other reasons which I figured out before looking at responses.
The wife looks under 50, the husband over 65, and the clothes are very "turn of the century" - 1900 give or take a few years.
The golden wedding seems the most likely candidate; in those days people probably didn't make as much fuss as we did in 2000 when they moved from the 1800s to the 1900s or when entering the 20th century the following year.

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