Welcome to De Animorum Immortalitate, a small selection of photographs from the private collection of Adam An-tAthair-Síoraí.
The photographs in the collection span the period 1860 to date. The images uploaded to this website consist entirely of those which can be traced to a specific photographer and will cover the period up to roughly 1920. They are classified into Town categories for ease of search and, on the individual posts, include a Name tab so that further images from the same photographer may easily be found.
Where available Addresses and Dates are included, when these appear on the individual photographs. An image of the Reverse of each photograph is included, where a graphic advertisement from the photographer has been printed or where handwritten notes, dedications or names of the photographic subjects appear.
Over the last one hundred years or so there have been many geographical and political changes within Europe, causing the moving of borders and many name changes. Town names given on De Animorum Immortalitate reflect the name given on the individual photographs, regardless of whether it is still used or not. So, for example, the German town of Kassel may be referred to as Cassel (the name changed in 1925) and Bruchhausen-Vilsen can also appear as Vilsen. Some towns have also been absorbed over time: Gröplingen, for example, is now a suburb of Bremen.
De Animorum Immortalitate initially comprised a collection of photographs specifically linked to Germany – in fact it began as a collection of postcards and images connected to a specific town. As the collection has grown the area of interest has grown too, as has the selection of photographs and photographers available. For the time being, all photographers whose given address does not fall within the borders of Germany, pre-1920s, will be categorised as Foreign.