This is a digital photo of a large print I have of what may be an aerial recon photo taken by the Norwegian or US Airforce in 1939. My grandfather was given the photo as a gift.
Cheers from Hong Kong, Jeff
This is a great shot Art. The Vagen is in the bottom left hand corner, and the Ryfylke mountains are in the background. There are a couple of modern aerial photos of Stavanger. When I find them I'll send the link for you. There is now a bridge linking Stavanger to the island of Grasholmen. I will gradually post up our Sunday walk photos so that you can see what the surrounds of the city look like 70 years later :)
Do you mind if I save this in my directory?
Hilsen fra Norge, Amelia
Amelia, Please feel free to save the image in your directory. It is an excellent reference to track changes. For example, there is a very modern appearing Bauhaus building near the center/bottom of the photo that I believe is still there but has been remodeled so that it no longer appears Bauhaus. -Art
I wonder if Stavanger was much destroyed during the war?
Marianne, I cannot speak with authority about that. However, if the old downtown area around the Vagen was bombed I wouldn't expect to find my grandfather's frame house on 15 Rosenkildgate still intact and it still stands. So, I don't think Stavanger was bombed. Also, during the occupation it was used as port by the Nazis which would be another reason it wasn't bombed. Someone currently living in Stavanger should correct me if I am wrong on this. Best regards. -Art
This photo is clearly taken with a south-east view, Art, and the hills of Rennesøy is not visible here.
You can see Hommersåk at the bottom of the fjord, the island Usken at the left and Lihalsen at the right. The hills, or mountains in the bacgrond is the mountains between Høgsfjord and Gandsfjord, and also behind them, Lyseheiane.
Per, It was nice try, anyway. This old guys compass got turned around :( So, maybe you can get me a photo of the hills you say are in the background of the photo with the Nazi plane. Best regards dear friend. -Art
Yes, Art, I'll take a tour through my digital archives and see what I can find. But as they consist of about 20.000 images, I am afraid that it may take some time. :-))
Maybe it's easier if I make another trip to Rennesøy to take some new pictures of the actual area. In fact I have already promised another U.S. Panoramio friend who have his roots in Rennesøy, to take a trip and take some pictures for him. :-)
Thanks, Per. I do hope you get lucky and find it short of 100 views. I've done quite a few searches like this but of my electron micrographs. Back in those pre-digital days, I would get paper cut from flipping through all the 8x10 prints. Best regards. -Art
Great Historical photo Art!
Thanks for the nice trip this night in all your gallery. It was a pleasure for me to see your pictures!
Hope to see you soon!
Mimi I am glad you enjoyed the trip in my gallery. This shot is a very large photo that is hanging in my front hall. My family came from Stavanger. -Art
This is NOT 1939. This photo is taken around 1950. Grand Hotel was burned down by the German in may 1945 and it is not here. The big building on the right was built in 1949. So 1939 is wrong.
torgere, I don't live in Stavanger so I asked a friend who does live there. He, Per0 The Viking Noticed that the Stavanger Tinghus (Court House) is virtually complete in the photo. Since it was started in 1939 and finished in 1951 your suggestion that the photo was taken in 1950 is probably correct. I will correct the caption. Best regards. -Art
Here you can see the Grand Hotel on this photo. Burned down by the nazi in 1945.
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Photo taken in Stavanger, Norway
Misplaced? Suggest new location