© Brigitte Rieser

FindBox: The Topotheque for scattered material

The FindBox Topotheque is currently developing into a special gem: originally it was only intended as a collection point for those photographs that are still waiting to be included in a local Topotheque. But in the meantime, more and more insights into valuable collections can be found here: Helmut Reitbauer, himself a photographer and passionate photo historian, maintains the digitized copies of his family fund. Among them are many carte de visite and carte de cabinet formats, as well as many normal photos up to around 1940. A sample for flight enthusiasts: a trip to the Vienna Flight Week in 1912. Or do you know the background against which the Danube ship „Jupiter“ was photographed?

There are also pictures from the archive of the APSK Linz (Amateur Photographen und Schmalfilm Klub Linz), which have been released for publication. Another inventory of 600 glass plates that is extremely interesting from a local historical point of view – be curious – has recently been waiting for digitization.
Now the scans of the glass plate collection of the private photographer Karl Sachs from the turn of the century are added, which are made available by Brigitte Rieser, a descendant of the photographer.
Herbert Reitbauer explains: „My goal is to collect photos like this so that they don‘t end up in the rubbish heap.
Since I also deal with genealogy and homeland research, it is important to me that the photos are made accessible for researchers. Again and again the photos are supplemented and enriched by information from the visitors. That shows how sensible the project is.”
The Findbox is open to every Topothequer to upload their own photos. In a photo album that mainly refers to the home town, there are often some pictures of excursions or trips to places that are far away from a local Topotheque´s topoic, so these images can be shown in the FindBox.

Pay a visit to the FindBox Topotheque: whether as a visitor or as an active Topothequer: Perhaps you have information for the „?“ questions or even find a missing piece of the puzzle for your own research.