Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Old Estonian Photographs

One of my most treasured possessions is my photograph collection. Thanks to my great grandfather Arthur Lestal who was a photographer by profession, I have been able to catch a glimpse of my family's life  in Estonia as far back as the 1800s. I have always been sad about the fact that I grew up without a grandfather (my father’s father Alexander passed away when I was two years old) but through Arthur's photographs and my father’s stories I feel as though I really know my grandfather.  I never tire of looking at these old photographs, I enjoy seeing the big family gatherings, how people used to decorate their homes and the ever changing fashions.

Becker family

Arthur & Margarethe Lestal with friend.

The Lestal / Becker family.

Nurses during Tzarist time.

Hans, Annette, Arthur, Margarethe and Ralf Lesthal.

Alexander Lestal and friends, Ambla.

Becker / Jorik family.
Son of Carl Becker.

Becker / Jorik family.

Margarethe, Arthur and Alexander Lestal outside their home in Koie Street.


Lestal / Niggul birthday party.

YMCA huts.

Alex Lestal.

Alex & Margarethe Lestal.

Lestal party

Lestal party