Soldier in Höxter, Germany

By: usermattw

Dec 20 2017

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Category: Men


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What it is:

Photo (3.25 x 6 inches) mounted to a cardboard frame/backing (approx. 5.25 x 8.5 inches).


What I know about it:

Photographer is Georg Gotthardt of Höxter, Germany.  Otherwise no information.



This is one of the photos my friend Jenn gave me this weekend.  A dashing figure in a relaxed pose.  A man of war seated on what looks like a tasseled bar stool next to a flowery credenza.  I wonder what he’s holding in his hand.  Something related to his soldiering?  Or papers indicating that he’s still a student who enlisted?  Or maybe even something like a sheaf of poetry to go with the flowery setting, reminding us of the romantic heart beating beneath the martial exterior?  Or maybe the photographer just thought the guy needed some papers to go with his glasses?  Who knows?  I’ve looked online a bit to try to understand what sort of uniform this is (Prussian? officer?), what color it is (blue? green?), and when this picture was taken (vaguely in the range of World War I?), but decided to just post it rather than continuing to delay while I searched for answers.  I did find other photos by this photographer (including men in uniform), but didn’t find any information that would narrow the date range, other than the award logo on the photo that indicates it’s no earlier than 1904.  Höxter is a small town in the middle of Germany.  “Wallpromenade 26” would be the address.  (There is currently a “Wallstraße” in Höxter, which would translate to Wall Street.  Was “promenade” changed to “street” at some point?)  And “Fernsprecher No. 250” would be the phone number, which I think is an unusual piece of information on a photo of this vintage.