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Oslo harbour

Stavangerfjord ready for departure

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I believe the photographer, Anders Beer Wilse, demanded in his will that his pictures should be made public property. It is almost exclusively his pictures among the collections of the Norwegian museums that are declared free of copyright. Thankfully, he photographed a lot, and his pictures have always a good descriptive quality. By that I mean that the symbolism and the harmonious composition may be absent, but the clarity never is. He was not someone fond of fog, mush or mystery.
 

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Then it must be the 5th of October 1918, and the mess on the wharf is then a bit of a shame, especially as that piece of wharf was then owned by the NAL. However, the armistice was still more than a month away, any great celebration might have felt unnatural, something which may explain the not too stylish send-off for her first commercial trip.
 

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