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December 30, 2016

23 Rare Cyanotype Photos Document Everyday Life of Sweden Before 1900

Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print. The English scientist and astronomer Sir John Herschel discovered the procedure in 1842, and engineers used the process well into the 20th century as a simple and low-cost process to produce copies of drawings, referred to as blueprints. The process uses two chemicals: ammonium iron(III) citrate and potassium ferricyanide.

These vintage photos are cyanotypes that were taken by Carl Curman (1833–1913), a physician and a scientist - as well as a prominent amateur photographer. They decumented everyday life in Stockholm and on the west coast in Lysekil with surroundings, where Carl Curman spent most of his days from between the 1860s and 1900.

A man and four women sitting in the lounge of the gentry's house, Lysekil, ca. 1880s

A young woman in the main Curman villa, 'Storstugan', Lysekil, ca. 1890s

Area of falls and sluices in Trollhättan, 1888

Big bathhouse and Curman's first villa, Lysekil, 1875

Calla Curman (Carl Curman wife) in Curman's villa at Floragatan 3 in central Stockholm, ca. 1880s

Fishermen and a child from Lysekil, ca. 1860s

Frieze in Curman villa, Stockholm, ca. 1880s

Horse drawn trams, Stockholm in 1900

Interior from the upper floor in the main Curman villa, Lysekil, ca. 1880s

Men with drinks and cigars at villa Bergshyddan (built for C.F. Lundström-father of Calla Curman), Lysekil, ca. 1890s

People sitting in Lysekil park, ca. 1890s

Portrait of Carolina Curman (mother of Carl Curman) in Lysekil, 1885

Seaside restaurant in Lysekil, ca. 1880s

Seven men at a Nordic medical congress in Lysekil in 1895

Sigurd (son of Carl and Calla Curman) and an elderly man at the main Curman villa, 'Storstugan', Lysekil, ca. 1890s

The Railway bridge across the water at Tegelbacken in Stockholm (The Skinnarviken mountains in the background), 1900

Three women and a child at the steps to one of the Curman villas, Lysekil, ca. 1880s

Three women lying in the grass (the one in the top of the picture is Calla Curman-wife of Carl Curman), Lysekil, ca. 1880s

Trollhättan Falls in 1888

View in winter over Saltsjön (Salt water sea) from Katarinahissen (the Katarina Elevator), Stockholm, ca. 1890s

View over area of falls and sluices in Trollhättan, 1888

View towards the Old Town and the Southern part of Stockholm city, 1900

Winter view from Djursholm Garden Suburb north of Stockholm (in the background the villa of the Swedish author
Viktor Rydberg, called Villa Ekeliden), ca. 1890s

(Photos by Carl Curman, via Swedish National Heritage Board)

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