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April 10, 2017

42 Beautiful Color Photos Capture Everyday Life of Sweden in the Late 1950s

Björn Allard (1923-2006) was employed as a photographer at the Swedish National Heritage Board in the 1950s and 1960s. He took part in archaeological surveys and excavations to contribute documentary photographs. Since he held an academic degree in Nordic and comparative archeology, he was certainly well suited for the work.

An important part of Björn Allard's tasks was to document at the Board’s culture-historical surveys and archaeological excavations in northern Sweden, due to the regulations of Swedish lakes and rivers at the expansion of hydropower and the construction of new power plants in the 1950s and 1960s.

Five Swedish provinces will be represented in the album. From north to south: Lapland (Lappland), Ångermanland, Jämtland, Dalecarlia (Dalarna), Östergötland and Västergötland. The images will be uploaded in this order, province by province, to make the context clear.

The images are taken between 1957 and 1959. They show landscapes, cultural environments in the countryside and archaeologists from the Swedish National Heritage Board at field work. Locals in northern Sweden, at work or at leisure, will appear now and then.

A woman fishing at lake Hökvattnet, Jämtland, Sweden, 1958

Aerial view, Hökvattnet, Jämtland, Sweden, 1958

Archaeological excavation, Häggum, Västergötland, Sweden, 1958

Archaeological excavation, Häggum, Västergötland, Sweden, 1958

Archaeological excavation, Häggum, Västergötland, Sweden, 1958

Archaeological excavation, Häggum, Västergötland, Sweden, 1958

Archaeological excavation, Häggum, Västergötland, Sweden, 1959

Archaeological investigation, Häggum, Västergötland, Sweden, 1958

Archaeologist at work, Häggum, Västergötland, Sweden, 1958

Arranging a fire ladder for photographing, Häggum, Västergötland, Sweden, 1958

Boathouses by lake Tisjön, Dalarna, Sweden, 1957

Cleansing of archaeological site, Häggum, Västergötland, Sweden, 1958

Elk hunters, Lakavattnet, Jämtland, Sweden, 1958

Farmer plowing, Hökvattnet, Jämtland, Sweden, 1958

Fire engine at prehistoric mound, Häggum, Västergötland, Sweden, 1958

Fishing in lake Tisjön, Dalarna, Sweden, 1957

Fishing-nets, lake Satisjaure (Satihaure), Gällivare, Lappland, Sweden, 1958

Fiskön ('Fish island') in lake Tisjön, Dalarna, Sweden, 1957

Girl and dog, Satisjaure (Satihaure), Gällivare, Lappland, Sweden, 1958

Girl and goat at Sami camp, Satisjaure (Satihaure), Gällivare, Lappland, Sweden, 1958

Hay-drying racks, Hökvattnet, Jämtland, Sweden, 1958

Junsterforsen (Junster rapids), Jämtland, Sweden, 1958

Lake Smalsjön, Dalarna, Sweden, 1957

Lake Smalsjön, Dalarna, Sweden, 1957

Lake Tisjön, Dalarna, Sweden, 1957

Logs in Ångermanälven river at Hälla (Hielle), Åsele, Lappland, Sweden, 1959

Mountain birches, Satisjaure (Satihaure), Gällivare, Lappland, Sweden, 1958

Mountain cattle, Hökvattnet, Jämtland, Sweden, 1958

Old cottage, Hökvattnet, Jämtland, Sweden, 1958

Old hut at Tisjölandet, Dalarna, Sweden, 1957

Rowboat on lake Satisjaure (Satihaure), Gällivare, Lappland, Sweden, 1958

Rowboat, lake Satisjaure (Satihaure), Gällivare, Lappland, Sweden, 1958

Sami camp, Satisjaure (Satihaure), Gällivare, Lappland, Sweden, 1958

Sami hut, Satisjaure (Satihaure), Gällivare, Lappland, Sweden, 1958

Satisjaure (Satihaure), Gällivare, Lappland, Sweden, 1958

Satisjaure (Satihaure), Gällivare, Lappland, Sweden, 1958

Seaplane on lake Satisjaure (Satihaure), Gällivare, Lappland, Sweden, 1958

Sheep, Lakavattnet, Jämtland, Sweden, 1958

Shelter over archaeological excavation, Häggum, Västergötland, Sweden, 1958

Stone Age settlement at Tisjölandet, Dalarna, Sweden, 1957

Stone Age settlement, Hälla (Hielle), Åsele, Lappland, Sweden, 1959

Two men on a tractor with a compressor, Häggum, Västergötland, Sweden, 1958



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