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Help to identify military uniform
« on: Tuesday 02 April 19 03:41 BST (UK) »
Hello, I am trying to identify the country and approximate time frame for this uniform.  It looks similar to an Austrian uniform, but I can't be sure.  Some of the metals look Austrian as well.   If the specific conflict is apparent that would be great to know as well.   

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Re: Help to identify military uniform
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 02 April 19 05:12 BST (UK) »
Welcome to rootschat JIIIenberger.

It seems that Krzanowski had photographaphic studios in Czernowitz, Austria-Hungary (today Chernivtsi, Ukraine).

Is there anything on the other side of your lovely photograph? If so, could you post a scan of it? That might help narrow down a possible date, and with that we might be able to work out which conflict/s your chap was involved in.

The folding of the medal ribbons seems unusual.*

Your finds of an Austrian uniform and medals seems like it might be correct.

Do you know his date and place of birth?

* this seems to confirm an austro-hungarian uniform

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Re: Help to identify military uniform
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 02 April 19 05:20 BST (UK) »
There are a few likely candidates here:
http://www.austro-hungarian-army.co.uk/decorat.htm
(it is a little difficult comparing colour images to your black and white photo)

I have only had a quick look so far, but the second medal from the right looks a bit like this one towards the bottom of the images in the link above:
The Bosnian-Herzegovina Commemorative Medal 1909

Added: I don't know if that works out date wise for the photo or fits with what you know about the chap.

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Re: Help to identify military uniform
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 02 April 19 06:43 BST (UK) »
I have had a bit of a search for a matching uniform but can't see anything Austro-Hungarian with that distinctive collar.

I'm sure someone will find it for you.  :)

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Re: Help to identify military uniform
« Reply #4 on: Tuesday 02 April 19 15:21 BST (UK) »
I do not know the birth date of the individual in the photo.   I am working on our genealogy and this is just one of many photos without a name or date.  I have a whole box of pretty old photos, most in the 1800s, some older.  This part of the family is from Austria and Czech, my grandfather and great grandfather were born in Austria, the great great grandfather was born in Czech. in 1792.  I was hoping this would be him, but if the date of 1909 is accurate than certainly this must be another family member.   I thought I had the picture of the backside here, but it's on my home computer.  I'll post later.  No names or dates on the back though.   (I wish it were that easy) 

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Re: Help to identify military uniform
« Reply #5 on: Tuesday 02 April 19 19:39 BST (UK) »
Welcome to rootschat JIIIenberger.

Your photo was taken at a Krzanowski Studio in Lviv (We Lwowie), Ukraine not the one in Czernowitz.
Not able to determine if the two studios are linked or if they are independent with the same name of
Krzanowski.


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Re: Help to identify military uniform
« Reply #6 on: Wednesday 03 April 19 03:33 BST (UK) »
Here is an image of the back side of the photo I posted earlier.

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Re: Help to identify military uniform
« Reply #7 on: Wednesday 03 April 19 05:03 BST (UK) »

Your photo was taken at a Krzanowski Studio in Lviv (We Lwowie), Ukraine not the one in Czernowitz.

Tony

Ah, that helps clarify, thanks Tony. I can't find any mentions of this photographer in this place, but someone else may have more success. The first initial on the back of the photo looks like "J" so I wonder if it is Johann - which is the name of the one in Czernowitz. :-\

Hopefully now we can see the back of the photo this might help someone give it date. :)

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Re: Help to identify military uniform
« Reply #8 on: Wednesday 03 April 19 07:10 BST (UK) »
The link below gives a date of 1892-1900 for the Lviv Studio:

http://www.fotorevers.eu/miejscowosc/Lw!F3w/1660/


The Polish Jan Krzanowski is equivalent to the German Johann Krzanowski.
However the Lviv studio uses Polish language whereas the Czernowitz studio uses German.
The rear of photos only advertise one studio.


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Added: The photographer in the link is Jan Krzanowski, but the photo studio is Adela Lwow
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