Medieval roots Glad midsommar! Midsummer in Sweden is an old tradition. Swedes often joke about it being our unofficial national day. Midsummer was first documented in Sweden in the year 1555. At the time it was celebrated with dancing in the light of bonfires in the fields or in the town
Lucia in memory of saint Lucy Swedes celebrate Luciadagen, St Lucy's Day, on 13 December. You have probably heard of it before, but what is it? It is an event in memory of the catholic saint Lucy, Lucia. Originally, St Lucy's Day fell on winter solstice. This was when Sweden followed the
One of my most interesting brickwall is my 2nd great grandfather Pehr Wilhelm Lundin who disappeared. When I heard of him, my relatives had found out enough about him that it was fairly easy to trace him from his birth in Stockholm in 1843 and his ill single mother, to his foster parents in
A smith with an axe to-be in 1920. This is from a documentation of the ironwork Vira bruk in Roslags-Kulla Parish, Stockholm County, but the face of the smith fascinates me the most.
After a long, hot summer in Sweden the snow looks lovely. Brita Edhlund with her daughter Tyra 1907 in Östhammar, Stockholm County (currently Uppsala County).
Telephone wiring at Biblioteksgatan 10, Norrmalm, Stockholm in the 1890s.
Norr Mälarstrand, Stockholm, 1900. Stockholm City Hall was built behind the piers between 1911 and 1923. It is the venue for the annual Nobel Prize banquet. Today, on the National Day of Sweden, it houses a ceremony for new citizens. But at this time it was still a port for goods like tile,
Unloading corned beef at the docks. In the port Frihamnen, Stockholm, 1919.
Some children and a woman in central Stockholm circa 1890. The sign says “laundry & ironing”. From Kvarngatan 31, now Artillerigatan 41, on Östermalm.