[Albert Einstein (1879-1955)].

Six photographs, comprising:

A view of Ulm, looking east along the Danube, by C. Herrlinger, n.d. [late 19th century]. Cabinet format, laid onto card. 107 x 167mm, including mount.

Einstein surrounded by reporters, by Pacific & Atlantic Photos, Inc, New York City, n.d. [mid-December 1930]. Annotated on verso, probably in the hand of Elsa Einstein, 'Umringt voll Reportern! [Surrounded by many reporters!]'. 202 x 254mm.

And four later prints, comprising two childhood images of Albert and Maja Einstein posing together (one by Joseph Albert), Einstein as a 16-year old in Aarau (by Wolfsgruber) and one other informal image of the adult Einstein.

Maja Winteler-Einstein (1881-1951) – her husband Paul Winteler (1882-1952) – Besso family.
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From Ulm to New York City.

Albert Einstein was born at Ulm (then in the Kingdom of Württemberg) on 14 March 1879, the first child of Hermann and Pauline Einstein: at the time, his father was working a bed feather shop, belonging to two cousins. Although his parents were both natives of Württemberg, they moved in the year after his birth to the neighbouring state of Bavaria (which lay directly across the river at Ulm), after Hermann Einstein set up an electrical engineering company in Munich with his brother Jakob.

The press photograph shows Einstein during his second visit to the United States in 1930, by which time he was probably the most famous scientist the world had ever known: he arrived in New York City on 11 December, and was so besieged by reporters that he compared the experience to appearing in a punch and judy show. The figure in a cloche hat with her back to the photographer is probably his second wife, Elsa Einstein.
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