Photography pioneer Jean Moeglé
Switzerland, a century ago
Swimming near Bönigen around 1915.
Heiligenschwendi, the kitchen of the tuberculosis cure facility, undated.
Alfred Denis Louis de Rougemont (1885-1908), artillery captain, on his deathbed. He was the last Rougemont to occupy Schadau Castle.
Mrs Ebbinghaus with her daugher on January 1, 1891. They lived in the Villa Ebbinghaus in Seegarten Hünibach near Thun.
Weissenburgbad, hall and terrace, July 2, 1901.
Portait of an unknown black man, undated, and an old beggar woman, place and date unknown.
Daytrippers at an alpine hut, place and date unknown.
Uebeschi Lake with Stockhorn in background, colour slide, around 1910.
Miss Wälti with dachshund, January 28, 1899 (left) und Mrs Engel from Thun, July 19, 1897.
König brickworks, Steffisburg, November 25, 1899.
Mr Lüthi, Thun cadet, winner of a shooting competition, October 13, 1903.
Bathroom in Bad Heustrich, around 1895.
Family of a railway signalman in front of their house, early 20th century and the Niesen as seen from Gunten, around 1895.
A skiing party, place and date unknown.
Cupboard of gramophone records in a hotel, probably in Interlaken, undated.
A diver taking part in building work at the Sinne Bridge in Thun, around 1930.
Photographer Jean Moeglé captured life in Switzerland at the turn of 19th and 20th centuries. Some of his vast archive was saved from destruction and restored before being housed in Bern's Burgerbibliothek.
Moeglé opened his first studio in Thun in the 1880s, followed by a second one at Hotel Gurnigelhof. He took portraits in the salons of Thun society, photographed associations, schools and weddings and accompanied tourists on mountain hikes and ski tours. A few months after his death in December 1938, during the clearout of his home and studio, his body of work in the form of tens of thousands of glass negatives were taken away for disposal. Thun businessman Werner Krebser was able to save a part of the archive before it was destroyed.