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April 5, 2020

Everyday Life of Helsinki in the Early 20th Century Through Amazing Colorized Photos

Helsinki is the capital and most populous city of Finland. Located on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, it is the seat of the region of Uusimaa in southern Finland.

Helsinki is located 80 kilometres (50 mi) north of Tallinn, Estonia, 400 km (250 mi) east of Stockholm, Sweden, and 300 km (190 mi) west of Saint Petersburg, Russia.

After Stockholm and Oslo, Helsinki is the third largest municipality in the Nordic countries. It has one of the highest urban standards of living in the world.

These amazing photos were colorized by Frank that show what Helsinki looked like in the 1900s and 1910s.

A local bus in Helsinki

A Russian ice cream vendor in Helsinki

A small boat approaching Helsinki's Southern harbor

A summer day in Kaivopuisto park

Carpet washing in Helsinki

Delivering beer in Helsinki

Drying and maintaining fishing nets in Helsinki

Finnish painter Hugo Simberg photographed his two year old son Tom in Helsinki's Southern Harbour

Helsink's Southern harbour

Helsinki's first motorized fire truck

Idyllic Helsinki

Imperial Russian Navy sailors returning to ship in Helsinki

Norddeutscher Loyd´s brand new steamship Grosser Kurfürst on its first visit to Helsinki

Picnic in the Helsinki archipelago

Russian Imperial Yacht Standart leaves Helsinki

Streetcar in Helsinki

Summer sailing in Helsinki

The Finnish National Theatre

The Finnish Steamship Co Ltd. (FÅA) combined passenger and cargo ship S/S Urania in the Helsinki Southern harbour

The former Russian Imperial Yacht Standart leaves Helsinki

The K.M. Brondin bakery delivery truck in Helsinki

The nurses' dining room at the Kivelä hospital in Helsinki

The Polles family skiing

The two former Imperial Yachts, “Polar Star” (in front) and “Standart” together in Helsinki

Three gentlemen posing in front of Helsinki's new railways station

Waiting for a boat in Helsinki

Winter landscape in Helsinki


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