Early 20th Century Photography Studios #photographs

Rusty Wilson

I am trying to identify an early 20th century photo portrait.  The name of the photography studio is stamped on the photo and is almost entirely illegible (I've attached a scan of the stamp here).  I can make out the first name of the studio as "Johanne.".. As best I can tell, the studio is in Europe.  My questions: 
1. Does anyone recognize the stamp and the photo studio? Or particularly the city?
2. Can anyone direct me to an online source of early 20th century photo portraits where I could look for a similar studio stamp?
3. Does anyone know of any online lists of early 20th century European photo studios? I know of several for the US but none for Europe.  
Thank you. 
Rusty Wilson

Rusty Wilson

Mike Coleman

Aalborg (Denmark)..........

Mike Coleman  London U.K.

Corinna Woehrl (nee Goslar)

Hello Rusty

I also can't read much more of the name, the surname may start with "Bie..."
But I can identify the city: below it definitly is Aalborg in northern Danmark.

Perhaps the City archive can help you with more information, normally they know "their" photographers.
Here ist the contact-information:

The Germany-based "Compgen-Society hosts a database of historical photografy-studios - but only for Germay

Regards from Germany (near Hamburg)

Corinna (Wöhrl)

Bob Silverstein

You might want to dust it lightly with some powdered charcoal to bring out details.  Likewise with lights a low angles.  Find some with Photoshop to bring out details.  As for archival materials, check with local historical and genealogical societies.  Perhaps a nearby Jewish Genealogical Society could help.  To date and place the picture better, research the clothing and hairstyles of the people.

Good luck and keep us posted.
Bob Silverstein
Elk Grove Village, IL

Researching Kaplan (Krynki, Poland) Tzipershteyn (Logishin, Pinsk, Belarus), Friedson/Fridzon (Motol, Cuba, Massachusetts), Israel and Goodman (Mishnitz, Warsaw, Manchester).

Peter Cherna

I played a bit with your image in a photo editor, and my best guess on the name is "Johanne Birkedal". I agree with the others that it's Aalborg.

And a little Google shows e.g. https://www.fotohistorie.com/birkedahl-johanne-nakskov.html

1923-47 in Aalborg, although their spelling seemed to be "Birkedahl" whereas I see "Birkedal" but maybe there's an H in there.

Peter Cherna, Exton PA (peter@...)
Researching CSERNA (Budapest, Székesfehérvár), GRUNFELD (Székesfehérvár), BRAUN, REINER (Budapest, Nyíregyháza, Máriapócs), EHRENFELD (Pozsony, Balassagyarmat) BRACK (Ipolykeszi)


Are you familiar with the New York Public Library in NYC database of photographers/photostudios. 
You can search by name or location.
Good luck!


W The New York Public Library / Photographers’ Identities Catalog Photographers’ Identities Catalog Consisting of names, nationalities, dates, locations and more, PIC is a vast and growing resource for the historian, student, genealogist, or any lover of photography's history.

Deborah Moscou Annex

Gary Pokrassa


The museum of family history has an exhibit showing many European photo studios at http://www.museumoffamilyhistory.com/czernowitz-photo-studios.htm
this is run by Steve Lasky - you can contact him at
I believe he will appreciate having you submit this for his gallery and I assume he may be the best qualified person to help you identify this.
Gary Pokrassa
Data Acquisition Director
Ukraine Research Division