Johan Tønnies, the studio of: An original b/w photograph of the Danish wrestling world champion Magnus Emanuel Bech-Olsen (1866–1932). With dedication and dated “9/9 1927”. Photo size 28.5×21 cm. In contemporary imitated leather cover. The latter marked “H. Tønnies, Aalborg”.
Magnus Emanuel Bech-Olsen was a famous wrestler in his day and a world champion. He was initially trained in Germany, yet most of Europe became his arena, including Austria, Finland, Turkey, Italy and Portugal.
Johan Georg Heinrich Ludwig Tønnies (1825–1903) was a German born portrait photographer, who settled in Denmark in 1847. In 1856 he established his own studio in Aalborg in Northern Jutland. After his death in 1903 the company was in existense until 1974.