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Olsen Family Photograph Album

On July 24, 1890, Edward Gunder Olsen gave the photograph album to his wife Elizabeth "Lizzie" E. Hanson Olsen for her 33 birthday, shortly before returning to the United States from Norway and Denmark. The album, consists of 17 leaves (34 pages) and 79 photographs - 18 cabinet cards and 60 carte des visite. Only two dates appear in the album - 1884 on page 15, and that of 1890 in the inscription at the beginning of the album. There appears to be no sequential order to the photographs, nor any known location, although the majority of the photographs were taken at studios in Norway. Besides family members, the photographs contained herein are of individuals and families that E. G. and Elizabeth Olsen worked with in Norway and Denmark. The album is in fair condition, considering its age. The majority of the photographs come with handwritten captions in blue ink. While the identity of the individual who wrote the captions is unknown, we presume that most were written by Elizabeth Olsen. Due to the differences in handwriting and ink, it is clear that several individuals provided identification. We have attempted to identify all, but there are still some photographs for which this information is lacking.

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