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This photo has hung on the wall in my kitchen for many years. Found at a fleamarket and taken in Sweden. He obviously loved his dogs enough to have a special photo taken with them. I find it interesting that the leads used are so very thin, rather like show-leads. Enjoy two setters from the past...he is now back in his frame and once again looking down at me on a daily basis. :-)


PS I am certain he would have been delighted to find himself (and particually his dogs) here on the site!

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Comment by Carmel Murphy on November 27, 2008 at 3:32am
Wonderful old photo! The expression on the red is lovely! Could the "leads" be light training lines, often used on training hunting dogs?
Comment by Susan Stone on November 27, 2008 at 4:16am
lovely photo - my guess is that a bit of string was all that was needed in those days... or a strong chain which would not be ideal for the photograph
Comment by Lynn Spencer on November 27, 2008 at 4:29am
Very special indeed. An amazing photo.
Comment by ursula wilby on November 27, 2008 at 4:30am
You know Susan, I had the same idea...string. But then I dismissed it, seeing the owner is dressed up and took the trouble having a photograph taken...would he then use string?
Comment by Dee Rance on November 27, 2008 at 5:43am
No that is not string it is 'baller twine' he must be a gentleman farmer who is showing off his beloved dogs, that he, even at that time must have paid a lot for.....And the picture was taken 'on his land'
Great picture, great dogs, and yes I think he would have been VERY proud to be here, as we all are!!!!! :o)))
Comment by lyn hathaway on November 27, 2008 at 6:48am
lovely photo
Comment by Anna Kazimierowicz on November 27, 2008 at 7:29am
Very beautifull photo and a story is more and more interesting. Mayby somebody knows someting about Skultorp - is this photo studio? Is there any archiv?
Comment by Susan Stone on November 27, 2008 at 8:06am
Yes, Ursula, there's a job for you (besides the seter cartoon calender that is). I'm sure you can analyze the fence and the rocks in the background and come up with the name and breeding of the dog's pedigree and the man's origin...
Comment by ursula wilby on November 27, 2008 at 8:38am
OK I have been doing a tiny bit of digging...Karl Fr. Andersson is the photographer and he was active in and around Skultorp (close to Skövde - Västergötland = south/middle of Sweden) between 1895 - 1896. So that was when the photo was taken. Karl Fr. Andersson then appeared to have moved on and was supposedly still active as a photographer in 1911.
There are photos by him in the Gothenburg museum.
So far the photographer...as to the setterowner...I have no idea.
And doubt if there is anymore to be found.
Comment by Nicole Wilson on November 27, 2008 at 11:31am
The nice thing about this is that you can imagine any story you like behind a photograph like this! It's excellent! I initially guessed it was taken in the early 1900s... Thanks Ursula for finding out more about it. Very intriguing!

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