Lake Vangsmjosa in Valdres, Norway (on Flickr Commons). Photo: Carl Curman

As we told earlier (here and here), some photos taken by the physician and photographer Carl Curman in the end of the 19th century on a trip to Norway, were found in the archives some years ago. They were digitized this year and presented as a nice complement to our collection of Carl Curman’s photos on Flickr Commons.

The 16 photos were recently uploaded and since we didn’t know their locations except that they were taken in Norway, we hoped that the Flickr Community could help us out in identifying them. Our appeal spread to the Flickr Commons group, Indicommons, Twitter and others.

We are now happy to say that the locations of the photos are identified, thanks to our Norwegian fellow-neighbours!

Some photos were located by Flickr members commenting directly on Flickr (e.g. here). Some Norwegians (without a Flickr account to allow them to comment directly?) chose to comment by sending an e-mail to the address of our photo database – linked to on Flickr.

A gratifying and unexpected effect was that the photos were dealed with by Norwegian media in a series of articles (here, here, here, here, here and here), which presented the photos to the readers with an appeal to help us identify the locations. Hundreds of dedicated Norwegians gave us this way the very precise locations of the photos.

We will now be able to complete in our database and on Flickr Commons with the correct locations. Thank you Norway and everyone who has taken interest in these lovely photos!

>> Anna Boman is a member of the Flickr Commons team at The Swedish National Heritage Board

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