Peter Grundtvig Theander was born in Copenhagen on December 5th, 1941. Jens Grundtvig Theander was born on January 22nd, 1944. Their parents were Bjørn Grundtvig Theander (picture) and Birthe Olsen. They were divorced in 1944 so it is likely she took back her maiden name. Their father was a Chemical Engineer and their mother was a dentist. Peter and Jens Theander also have three siblings from their fathers next marriage. Their names are not important and is therefore not mentioned here.
Very little is so far known about their childhood. What we do know is that the brothers opened an antique store in the area of Copenhagens Town Hall in the mid-sixties. It’s name was “Rådhus-Antikvariatet” which translated would be something like “Town Hall Antique-store”. The red light district of Copenhagen (Istedgade) is situated 500+ meters from this area. The shop is situated pretty close to the town hall and this area is very beautiful. And for this reason a tourist-attraction. The store can be seen in one of Color Climax’s early magazines called ‘Porno-Instructions’ from 1970.
The chronology of the story now is not clear. Peter Theander drove a cab and Jens Theander installed intercom-systems. Whether this was something they did after opening the store is unclear. An article about the History of Porn states they struggled to make ends meet with their store, so this could be jobs taken to increase income. A story claims that while installing an intercom-system Jens witnessed the owner of the store open an envelope full of foreign currency. This was currency recieved due to post-order sales abroad. Jens supposedly thought that they could do this just as well.(*)
Porn was at this time (1966-67) still illegal in Denmark so it had to be sold from beneath the counter. The Danish police often dropped by Rådhus-Antikvariatet to check if they had illegal porn. In the beginning they were selling pinup-magazines. How they managed to avoid being caught is still not known. They soon decided to start producing their own pornography. According to anniversary-editorials in their magazines, Color Climax themselves claims to have published their first Porn magazine in 1967. This will be covered in depth in later posts.
Jens Theander was married three times. He marrired his first wife Jytte Munk in 1965, she died in 1976. They had two children. He got married again with Sussi Lise, they got three children together. They probably got divorced and his last partner was Ane Randrup. They got one child. Jens Theander died on Mallorca December 20th 2008 at the age of 64 leaving behind six children. He is buried at Solbjerg Cemetary in Copenhagen.
Peter Theander seems to have no Children. His first wife was Anne-Grethe, but her name might be Anna or Anna-Grethe. (More on that later). When they got married is unknown but we do know she died in 2002. He seems to have a new partner by now named Bodil Schnipper, a (probably retired) architect.
(*) We do not know if this story is true. It is a story that might be a myth
Pictures are taken from stamtavle.taxbol.dk and the Magazine ‘Porn Instructions’ from 1971.