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An Old Photo of Reykjavík

An Englishman called Thomas Throup (1867 – ?) came to Iceland in 1898 and took a few photos. He came to Iceland early in the summer of 1898 with a ship called Talisman. He went back to England, but came again that same summer and took some photos in Reykjavík. The photo seen here is taken over the center of Reykjavík from a rooftop on the corner of Thingholtsstæti and Bankastræti. You can see the harbor from an angle now impossible. Now there are tall buildings in the way and a landfill has been added.


The colored picture suggests the photo was taken at night, but in reality the picture was taken during the day and in black and white. The photo was colored and a moon and lit windows added for dramatic effect. Throup travelled around, showing color slides (so-called lantern slides). For this photo he has a simple text: “Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland. It is not a big place, only 7.000 inhabitants. In the whole of Iceland there are only 85.000 inhabitants and their number has increased by only 20.000 since the 11th century”.

The photo is from the Icelandic National Archeological Museum’s photo collection.

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