A famous, but rather forgotten Dane in the United States

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Health from one Heart to Another

Jacob Riis. A police reporter and photographer in New York at the height of his career about 1890.

Jacob A. Riis 1849-1914 taken at his silver wedding in 1901 Jacob A. Riis 1849-1914
taken at his silver wedding in 1901

He was born in Ribe, a little but famous town in Denmark, in 1849 and died worn out in Massachusetts in the United States in 1914.

Ribe is a town with a cathedral and in the Middle ages the kings lived there. It was grounded in the year 710. Jacob was an intelligent, but very restless boy. He was often punished in the latin school for being lazy and rude, a terrible thing for his father to endure. Jacob’s father had worked himself up from poor conditions so he did not look with mild eyes at the boy. In spite of poor schooling Jacob knew languages and read a lot of Dickens and Hans Christian Andersen.

The Cathedral of Ribe The Cathedral of Ribe

His father was a…

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