Norwegian Carriage, Hardanger Fjord, Norway


This photochrome print of a Norwegian girl in a carriage at Hardanger Fjord in Norway is part of “Landscape and Marine Views of Norway” from the catalog of the Detroit Photographic Company. In his Peeps at Many Lands: Norway (1909) the British travel writer A.F. Ferryman-Mockler observed that "all that is grand, all that is beautiful, will be found in the Hardanger.” The fjord, located in southern Norway, is approximately five kilometers miles wide at its center and more than 650 meters deep in some places. The fjord is enclosed by fir-clad mountains. The young woman here, dressed in the traditional Hardanger bunad, is sitting in a distinctly Norwegian carriole, a two-wheeled horse-drawn carriage suited for a single rider. This type of carriage was a popular and inexpensive way to travel on Norway's roads in the early 1900s. The Detroit Photographic Company was launched as a photographic publishing firm in the late 1890s by Detroit businessman and publisher William A. Livingstone, Jr. and photographer and photo-publisher Edwin H. Husher. They obtained the exclusive rights to use the Swiss "Photochrom" process for converting black-and-white photographs into color images and printing them by photolithography. This process permitted the mass production of color postcards, prints, and albums for sale to the American market.

Last updated: September 19, 2013