This collection of the "Strangers In The Box" photographs dates from circa 1870 to circa 1915.
The collection now contains 38 unidentified photographs taken in Brooklyn and New York City, and 49 photographs taken in Munich and vicinity. The Munich photographs are probably the Wallner and Brunner family or friends. There are just too many to put on this site at one time, so I'll try to change the selection regularly!
The Munich collection of photos are assumed to have belonged to Elisabeth Brunner Wallner, which she brought with her to America. None of these photos are labeled. This collection does not contain any photos of young children or young adults taken by the same photographer that might be her daughter Johanna, and sons Josef, Ludwig and Otto.
18 photographs from the Munich collection can be viewed at Strangers In
The Box 2
Some of the strangers originally in the box became "family" and were identified when other labeled photographs of them were located. These photographs were spread out on the dining room table for months, arranged by photographer and location - and then by resemblance. Family and visitors were all invited to play the game of the "Strangers In The Box". Do any of these people have the same eyes, ears, nose, chin, hair... look for the Brunner curly hair! Do you see any family resemblances?
Is this Josef Louis Wallner?
Is this Elfrieda Huch Wallner?
Is this the daughter of one of the Brunners who married Zoellers?
Are these Wallners? Or Brunners? And what is the significance of the boxes?
Photograph dated 1909. There are 3 different photographs of this unidentified woman - one is her wedding portrait.
Another unidentified Munich couple - Wallners?
And another couple - or are they the same as above?
Three Sisters and a brother?
Would love to know who these next two people are! Josef Wallner or