Kategori: Bilder

I von Friesens fotspår genom Medelpad

Otto von Friesens fotografier av Högomstenen (M 11) på Norra stadsberget i Sundsvall i juni 1915. Från Alvin: plattform för digitala samlingar och digitaliserat kulturav

Projektet Evighetsrunor, som genomförs med finansiering från Riksbankens jubileumsfond och Vitterhetsakademien, har nu sparkat igång. I projektet kommer vi att skapa en infrastruktur för information och forskning om runor och runinskrifter genom att bland annat knyta samman de digitaliserade delarna av bokverket Sveriges runinskrifter med Samnordisk runtextdatabas. Samtidigt kommer vi genom olika digitaliseringsinsatser att göra tidigare svåråtkomligt dokumentationsmaterial om runinskrifter tillgängligt direkt på webben.

Projektet genomförs i samarbete med Uppsala runforum vid Institutionen för nordiska språk vid Uppsala universitet, Uppsala universitetsbibliotek och Högskolan Dalarna. Vi kommer inte bara att strukturera och tillhandahålla källor om runor, utan också genomföra tre större forskningsuppgifter som utgår från detta material: en vetenskaplig utgåva av ”Medelpads runinskrifter” som en del i verket Sveriges runinskrifter, ”Östersjöns öar” och ”Otto von Friesen som runolog”. De två första utförs vid Riksantikvarieämbetet, den tredje vid Uppsala universitet.

I onsdags hade jag och Marco Bianchi, som bland annat kommer att arbeta med von Friesens material, ett möte med Uppsala universitetsbibliotek. De av bibliotekets samlingar som vi har valt ut för projektet utgörs dels av ett antal tjocka handskrifter av Uppsalaprofessorn Olof Celsius från 1700-talet, dels Otto von Friesens fältanteckningsböcker och fotografier. von Friesen var professor i Nordiska språk vid Uppsala universitet i början av förra seklet och har kallats ”grundläggaren av den moderna svenska runforskningen”.

Biblioteket har redan nu hunnit digitalisera mer än 500 av Otto von Friesens glasnegativ och gjort dem tillgängliga i portalen Alvin, där de kommer att förvaras och dit Evighetsrunor sedan ska länka. Många av dessa bilder har tidigare var helt okända för forskningen. Vi kommer inom projektet att identifiera runinskrifterna på bilderna och märka upp dem och sedan knyta dem till fältanteckningarna, som står näst på tur för digitalisering.

På mötet i onsdags fick Marco och jag instruktioner hur vi skulle göra registreringen i Alvin och bara för att se hur det fungerade gjorde jag i förrgår på prov nio bilder, där glasnegativen tidigare hade förvarats i en ask märkt ”Medelpad, Jämtland”. Anledningen till att jag valde just dessa bilder är givetvis att jag svarar för forskningsuppgiften att göra en vetenskaplig utgåva om Medelpads runinskrifter.

Otto von Friesen hade på sin tid bland annat fått uppdraget att ge ut Norrlands runinskrifter i verket Sveriges runinskrifter och han gjorde också flera resor dit. Av hans anteckningsböcker framgår att de ovan nämnda fotografierna är tagna i juni 1915, då han under knappa två veckor även undersökte och dokumenterade runstenar i Hälsingland och Jämtland. von Friesen verkar ha börjat med Jättendalsstenen (Hs 21) i Hälsingland den 4 juni och mest ägnat sig åt runstenarna i detta landskap, men den 11 juni var han vid runstenen på Frösön i Jämtland och dagen efter på Norra stadsberget i Sundsvall, där Högomstenen (M 11) då stod rest. I samlingen finns två fotografier av denna sten: en med runorna uppmålade med vit färg och en med mörk färg. Förklaringen till detta finner man i en tidningsartikel publicerad i Sundsvalls Posten den 19 juni 1915:

Prof. F. […] tillbringade i lördags större delen av dagen å Fornhemsområdet, där han var fullt sysselsatt med att uppmäta, fotografera o. s. v. Högomstenen. Fotograferingen är framför allt ett synnerligen tidsödande arbete, ity att runorna först måste kalkstrykas för att bättre framträda på plåten. […]

Innan prof. F. lämnade stadsberget hade han det utsökta tillmötesgåendet att rödmåla runorna å stenen, sedan dessa först nota bene hade blifvit befriade från sin tillfälliga hvita skrud, ett äfven det mycket tålamodspröfvande måleri. Härigenom framträda nu runorna mycket tydligare än förut var fallet på samma gång stenen fått ett mera prydligt utseende.

Dagen efter undersökte von Friesen Nolbystenen i Njurunda (M 1) och påföljande dag de två runstenarna i Attmar (M 4 och M 5). I sina anteckningsböcker hade han samlat uppgifter om 22 föregivna runinskrifter i Medelpad, men av dessa dokumenterade han av allt att döma endast fyra stycken. Tre ynka dagar, lördag till måndag, den 12–14 juni 1915, verkar ha varit den tid som von Friesen ägnade Medelpads runinskrifter och han tycks aldrig ha återvänt. När han 1934 skriver en ännu mycket läsvärd artikel om några av dessa runstenar i  årsboken Ångermanland–Medelpad är det uppenbarligen sina anteckningar 19 år tidigare som han faller tillbaka på.

Den mindre av runstenarna vid Attmars kyrka i Medelpad (M 4). Foto Otto von Friesen 1915. Från Alvin.

Även om alla fyra medelpadska stenar fortfarande finns kvar, är von Friesens dokumentation oskattbar. En av de runstenar som han besökte, den lilla Attmarstenen (M 4), är faktiskt ännu inte slutgiltigt läst eller tydd, trots att den varit känd i mer än tvåhundra år. När Marit Åhlén och Jan Axelson från Runverket målade upp stenen år 2000 gjordes en oväntad upptäckt, nämligen att den kunde vara rest till minne av en person som färdats med den välkände vikingahövdingen Ingvar den vittfarne. I en del av texten läste de nämligen fur austr · miʀ iị…ri och tolkade det som … for austr meðr Ing­[vari ”for österut med Ingvar”. ”Vi gnuggade oss nog i ögonen en och två gånger när vi anade vad vi hade framför oss” meddelade Marit den lokala pressen.

Vad som hittills har varit okänt är att von Friesen tänkte i samma banor redan 1915. Ovanför den skadade sekvensen i-­-…ri har han nämligen antecknat ”ikuari?”.

Otto von Friesens anteckningar om inskriften på den lilla Attmarstenen (M 4). Anteckningsboken kommer att digitaliseras inom projektet.

Det är nog mer än möjligt att vi här verkligen har Sveriges nordligaste Ingvarssten, men efter den ovannämnda uppgiften följer en lång sekvens med runor som hittills har trotsat alla tolkningsförsök. Genom att granska inskriften i original och noggrant studera vad föregångarna har läst, hoppas jag att den till slut ska gå att både läsa och tyda, men det krävs nog också lite tur och ett och annat lyckligt infall. Vi får se hur det går.

Nu blev detta inte någon längre promenad i professor von Friesens sällskap (vi lämnade ju knappt Sundsvall), men jag vet att Marcos forskningar i ämnet kommer att föra oss betydligt längre.

>> Magnus Källström är runolog, docent, forskare inom runforskningsområdet vid Riksantikvarieämbetet samt projektledare för Evighetsrunor

PS. Läs med om tolkningen av den lilla Attmarstenen i Marit Åhléns artikel En nordlig Ingvarssten? Den lilla runstenen vid Attmars kyrka, i: Namn och runor. Uppsalastudier i onomastik och runologi till Lennart Elmevik på 70-årsdagen 2 februari 2006 (2006), s. 283 ff.

Sweden in stereo on Flickr Commons

Oscar II, King of Sweden and Norway, at Rosendal Castle in Stockholm in 1904
Oscar II, King of Sweden and Norway, at Rosendal Castle in Stockholm in 1904

In 2015, a small collection of stereographs was given to the archives of the Swedish National Heritage Board by a donor from the USA, through the intermediary of the National Maritime Museums in Sweden.

Stereographs (also called stereograms, stereo views or stereo cards) are two almost identical photographs mounted on cardboard, which appear three-dimensional viewed through a stereoscope. The method of stereoscopy was initially invented in 1838 by the English scientist and inventor Charles Wheatstone, and became popular in the 1860s, until about 1910.

Most of the cards we received show views from towns and other places in southern Sweden in 1901. One card from 1904 shows the Swedish King Oscar II (1829-1907) at Rosendal Castle in Stockholm. A main part has been digitized for the Board’s photo database, and will be uploaded in June to the new album “Stereographs” on the Swedish National Heritage Board’s site on Flickr Commons.

The stereographs are from two different publishers in the USA. The card with King Oscar II is produced by the Underwood & Underwood stereographic company, founded in 1881 in Ottawa, Kansas, USA. The company was one of the world’s major publisher of stereographs, once publishing millions of cards a year.

Market at a square in Landskrona, Sweden. Photo: Gustav Adolph Johnson, 1901
Market at a square in Landskrona, Sweden. Photo: Gustav Adolph Johnson, 1901

All the other cards are produced by Gust. A. Johnson, Winburne, PA. Gustav Adolph Johnson (1864-1950) was born in Grubbetorp, Brålanda parish in the province of Dalsland, north of Vänersborg town in western Sweden. He immigrated to the USA in 1886, and settled in Winburne, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, where he worked as a miner until 1888, when he started a printing office. In 1901 he travelled in Sweden, collecting about 3,500 photographs which he used as stereographs.

We are very grateful to the donor, since the stereographs form an interesting complement to the historic photo collections of the Swedish National Heritage Board. Welcome to view Sweden in stereo and enjoy, use and share the stereographs of the Swedish National Heritage Board on Flickr Commons!

The Harbour Pavilion in Halmstad, Sweden. Photo: Gustav Adolph Johnson, 1901
The Harbour Pavilion in Halmstad, Sweden. Photo: Gustav Adolph Johnson, 1901

Berit Wallenberg – back on Flickr Commons

Woman sitting at a prehistoric stone circle at a farm in Skälby, Kalmar. Photo: Berit Wallenberg, 1926
Woman sitting at a prehistoric stone circle at a farm in Skälby, Småland, Sweden. Photo: Berit Wallenberg, 1926

Time to pick up an old acquaintance on Flickr Commons!

In March 2012, the Swedish National Heritage Board published the Berit Wallenberg Collection on The Commons on Flickr, with photos by the Swedish archaeologist and art historian Berit Wallenberg (1902-1995). During the coming months, we will show some more of her images from Sweden, Italy, Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland, England and Denmark, with new images uploaded every week. Most of them will be from the 1920s and 1930s, a few from the 1940s and 1950s. (Sorry about The Netherlands, Norway and Iceland, but due to a lack of suitable images, these Albums will not be continued.)

Building by a canal in Bruges, Belgium. Photo: Berit Wallenberg, 1934
Building by a canal in Bruges, Belgium. Photo: Berit Wallenberg, 1934

When Berit Wallenberg travelled in Sweden and other countries in Western Europe she frequently used her camera. The photos mainly reflect her studies of churches, ancient monuments and historical buildings and environments – the main reason for her travels – but now and then they have a more personal touch, showing people and other objects.

We are very pleased that about 17 % of the 221 photos by Berit Wallenberg we uploaded on Flickr Commons in 2012-2013, have had new and valuable information added by contributing and clever Flickr members, thus helping us improve the photos’ data in the Board’s photo database online, Kulturmiljöbild. Buildings were identified, images were located more closely, and other interesting information was given. Actually, that is one of the main reasons why we wanted to try Flickr Commons in the very beginning…

Even this time we have great hopes for our Flickr followers and friends to share their knowledge and tell us more about the images of the traveling art historian Berit Wallenberg. Welcome to the Swedish National Heritage Board on Flickr Commons!

Buildings identified and located by a Flickr member in 2012: The Wallin houses in Norrtälje, Uppland, Sweden. Photo: Berit Wallenberg, 1930
Buildings identified and located by a Flickr member in 2012: The Wallin houses in Norrtälje, Uppland, Sweden. Photo: Berit Wallenberg, 1930

 

Building identified and located by a Flickr member in 2012: The Norman House in Lincoln, England, UK. Photo: Berit Wallenberg, 1929
Building identified and located by a Flickr member in 2012: The Norman House in Lincoln, England, UK. Photo: Berit Wallenberg, 1929

Björn Allard – new on Flickr Commons

Girl with dog at the shore of lake Satisjaure (Satihaure) in Lapland. Photo: Björn Allard, 1958.
Girl with dog at the shore of lake Satisjaure (Satihaure) in Lapland. Photo: Björn Allard, 1958.

Would you like to view breath-taking landscapes in Lapland, Swedish archaeologists at work in loamy pits in the woods of Ångermanland, Swedes about to go hunting elk in Jämtland, and other motifs from central and northern Sweden?

Then you should follow the photostream of the Swedish National Heritage Board on Flickr Commons during spring, and have a look now and then in the “Björn Allard” album. We will share a choice of colour images by the Swedish photographer Björn Allard, employed at the Swedish National Heritage Board in the 1950s and 1960s.

Björn Allard (1923-2006) took part in the Board’s archaeological surveys and excavations to contribute documentary photographs. An important part of his work 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 when new power plants were constructed in the 1950s and 1960s.

Lake Satisjaure (Satihaure) in Lapland. Today is the area part of Laponia, a UNESCO World Heritage. Photo: Björn Allard, 1958
Lake Satisjaure (Satihaure) in Lapland. Today is the area part of Laponia, a UNESCO World Heritage. Photo: Björn Allard, 1958

The images we will show on Flickr Commons are all in colour, chosen from about 450 colour slides by Björn Allard, which are digitized for the Swedish National Heritage Board’s photo database online Kulturmiljöbild. A lot more images in black and white by Björn Allard are held in our archives, most of them in the Board’s reports from the surveys at the lake regulations.

Five Swedish provinces will be represented in the new 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.

The images are taken between 1957 and 1963. 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. The area around lake Satisjaure (Satihaure) in Lapland, shown in the initial images of the album, is today part of Laponia, a world heritage listed by UNESCO.

We hope you will enjoy the images. Welcome to view, comment, tag and share!

More of Old Churches on Flickr Commons

Fru Alstad church, Skåne, Sweden. Photo: Oscar Halldin, ca 1905
Fru Alstad church, Skåne, Sweden. Photo: Oscar Halldin, ca 1905

Our album on Flickr Commons called “Old churches” was launched in September 2009. We will now let the album grow, with even more images of churches and their environments from all over Sweden, some 100 years ago or more.

The album reflects one of the largest photo collections in the archives of the Swedish National Heritage Board, with about 140.000 photos of Swedish churches, taken from ca 1860 to 1975. Until the 1990s, the Swedish National Heritage Board was responsible for supervising the care and maintain of the Swedish church buildings (the task was then transferred to the County Administrative Boards). That is the reason why we have so many of these images in our holdings.

The images in the album show Swedish churches from about 1100-1900 AD from all parts of the country – stone and wooden churches of different shapes, cathedrals and chapels, country churches as well as city churches. They also show the surrounding rural or urban environments, and sometimes you will notice men, women and children from times gone by.

Welcome to view, share, download and comment on these old images of the Swedish heritage, in our photostream on The Commons on Flickr as well as in the album “Old churches”.

Viby church, Närke, Sweden. Photo: Samuel Lindskog
Viby church, Närke, Sweden. Photo: Samuel Lindskog, ca 1930

Fredrik Bruno – back on Flickr Commons!

Kungsgatan street in Stockholm City, at the intersection with Sveavägen street. Photo: Fredrik Bruno, 1944.
Kungsgatan street in Stockholm City, Sweden. Photo: Fredrik Bruno, 1944.

Three years have passed since the Swedish National Heritage Board presented Fredrik Bruno and his 1940s colour photographs on Flickr Commons. Since the images have been largely appreciated, we thought it would be nice to renew the acquaintance and show some more of these photos from different towns around Sweden (and some from the countryside), taken with either Kodachrome or Agfacolor diapositive film. Being a professional town engineer, Fredrik Bruno obviously focused on urban motifs. A lot of the photos might even be from travels he made in his service.

When we first started the Fredrik Bruno collection on Flickr Commons in 2011, (read on our blog) we divided it in two albums, one with photos from Sweden, the other with photos from Norway. This time we will only upload photos from Sweden, because of a larger number to choose from.

Some of the photos we show have a link in the field of information to a recent photo in our photo database, showing exactly the same view, but in 2010-2011. These comparative photos were taken within a project at the Swedish National Heritage Board, with the purpose to illustrate changes in the urban environment over time.

It would be just great to see some of your own comparative photos posted in comments! Welcome to to enjoy the 1940s in colour, in our photostream on Flickr Commons or in the album “Fredrik Bruno – Sweden”.

View of Sundsvall town in Medelpad. Photo: Fredrik Bruno, 1944.
View of Sundsvall town in Medelpad, Sweden. Photo: Fredrik Bruno, 1944.

Swedish National Heritage Board – 5 years on Flickr Commons!

The first photo uploaded on Flickr Commons by the Swedish National Heritage Board, in March 2009. Stockholm, Sweden. View from Hammarby lake towards Danviken and the mill Klippan (the Rock). Photo: Carl Curman, c. 1890
The first photo uploaded on Flickr Commons by the Swedish National Heritage Board, in March 2009. Stockholm, Sweden. View from Hammarby lake towards Danviken and the mill Klippan (the Rock). Photo: Carl Curman, c. 1890

The Swedish National Heritage Board is celebrating 5 rewarding years on The Commons on Flickr, where we show and share old copyright free images since March 17th, 2009. Until today, 1.325 images have been uploaded to our photostream, arranged in 24 picture sets and five picture collections reflecting our large public collections of photos and other kinds of images. Since 2009, the initial Flickr Commons project has turned into regular activities at the Board, owing to its success.

Our images on The Commons have been viewed more than 6.5 million times so far. Many of them have reached those who might be most interested, as Carl Curman’s photographs from Spain in 1878, which have been much appreciated by our Spanish followers (and by many others too). The images from Spain were also the subject of an article in the Spanish web journal El País in 2010.

People from more than 70 countries have viewed the images. About 4.500 Flickr community members are our special contacts on Flickr, always updated on our recently uploaded images – as we are updated on theirs!

Bromma Airport near Stockholm city, Sweden. We learned about the aircraft (Douglas DC-4 and DC-3) from several initiated Flickr users and added interesting information to our photo database. Photo: Fredrik Bruno, 1947
Bromma Airport near Stockholm city, Sweden. We learned about the aircraft (Douglas DC-4 and DC-3) from several initiated Flickr users who helped us improve the image’s information in our photo database. Photo: Fredrik Bruno, 1947

10 % of the images have had new information added in comments and tags by Flickr members, helping us improve the images’ data in our photo database online – Kulturmiljöbild. Entire images, buildings, places, streets and other objects have been located and identified by committed users (and sometimes via blogs, web media or Twitter). Many viewers have found more images in our photo database through a persistent link at each image on The Commons to the image in the database.

Blogs, social media, web media as well as traditional media have used and written about the images and about the Swedish National Heritage Board’s use of Flickr Commons. An example is an article in the British web journal The Guardian in 2013.

We want to thank all you viewers and followers of our photostream and all you Flickr members who have contributed useful and interesting new information. Thank you for viewing, appreciating, tagging, commenting, discussing, adding knowledge and comparative recent photos in comments and much, much more. Thank you for sharing and using our images in so many different and creative ways!

We are indeed grateful to Flickr and to the Library of Congress for the initiative to create The Commons in 2008, giving cultural heritage institutions as ours this great opportunity. Our experience as a government agency is that a photo sharing web site like Flickr is a splendid way to reach out with your public collections, allowing them to be of both use and enjoyment in society.

This street - Västra Storgatan - in Nyköping, Sweden, was located by a Flickr user, who also told that the building is no longer there, but replaced by a new one. We added the information to our photo database. Photo: Berit Wallenberg, 1928
This street (Västra Storgatan) in Nyköping, Sweden, was located by a Flickr user, who also told that the building is no longer there, but replaced by a new one. We added the information to our photo database. Photo: Berit Wallenberg, 1928

Mårten Sjöbeck on Flickr Commons

Cottage with forsaken land, Trolldalen, Dalsland, Sweden. Photo: Mårten Sjöbeck, 1951
Cottage with forsaken land, Trolldalen, Dalsland, Sweden. Photo: Mårten Sjöbeck, 1951

Starting today, the Swedish National Heritage Board invites you to enjoy a choice of photographs by the Swedish botanist and landscape historian Mårten Sjöbeck, which we will upload to a new picture set on Flickr Commons during spring. The images, which are from the 1920s to about 1960, show landscapes and cultural environments, towns, buildings and ancient monuments, but also people and their domestic animals. Many of the images are of special value and importance as a documentation of the vanishing ancient agricultural landscape, mostly in the southern and central parts of Sweden.

Mårten Sjöbeck (1886-1976) lived in the province of Skåne (Scania) in southern Sweden, for instance in Helsingborg town. For economic reasons, he had to break off his studies in botany and geography at Lund University, and in 1909, he was employed at the Swedish State Railways as a clerc and later as Head of Division. He was commissioned by the State Railways to write about different Swedish provinces in a series of travel guide books, illustrated with his own photographs.

Gathering of sheaves with a yoke of oxen, Hallsberg, Närke, Sweden. Photo: Mårten Sjöbeck, 1934
Gathering of sheaves with a yoke of oxen, Hallsberg, Närke, Sweden. Photo: Mårten Sjöbeck, 1934

Alongside his employment at the State Railways, Mårten Sjöbeck continued his scientific work. He was a pioneer in his theories about how thousands of years of human activities, as cultivation and pasturage, have shaped and developed the landscape. His research laid the foundation for landscape history as a field of science in Sweden, and he also had modern ideas about landscape preservation. In 1950, he received an honorary doctorate at Lund University, and he has been called ”the Linnaeus of Skåne” after the Swedish 18th century botanist Carl von Linné.

The archives of the Swedish National Heritage Board hold cirka 7.000 of Mårten Sjöbeck’s photographs. About 470 are digitized to the Board’s photo database online, ”Kulturmiljöbild”, and a choice of them will now appear on Flickr Commons. Mårten Sjöbeck had a sensitive eye for his motif, except for a great knowledge about what he chose to depict, why many of his images are of a rare photographic quality and beauty. Welcome to the world of Mårten Sjöbeck!

Women washing at a jetty in Vindelälven river, Sorsele church village, Lapland, Sweden. Photo: Mårten Sjöbeck, 1937
Women washing at a jetty in Vindelälven river, Sorsele church village, Lapland, Sweden. Photo: Mårten Sjöbeck, 1937

 

Almquist & Cöster – Swedish postcards on Flickr Commons

Skiers in Lofsdalen valley in Härjedalen, Sweden.  Photo: Ekholz, 1940s. Postcard: Almquist & Cöster
Skiers in Lofsdalen valley in Härjedalen, Sweden. Photo: Ekholz, 1940s. Postcard: Almquist & Cöster

Did you, your parents or grandparents ever send or receive a postcard from Sweden before the 1970s? If so, that postcard might very well have been produced by the Almquist & Cöster Company; one of the major postcard companies in Sweden, founded in the 1920s by the photographer Salfon Almquist and the technician Rudolph Cöster and operative until 1968.

The Swedish National Heritage Board holds in its archives a large collection of photo postcards by Almquist & Cöster, dating from the 1910s (some are from an earlier business owned by Salfon Almquist) until the late 1960s. The format is mostly clichés of glass or film with text for printing, or original printed postcards, many of them tinted. Starting today, we will upload a choice of them to share with you in a new picture set on Flickr Commons called ”Almquist and Cöster Postcards”.

The bar at Skrea beach in Falkenberg, Halland, Sweden. Photo: Unknown, 1940s-1950s. Postcard: Almquist & Cöster
The bar at Skrea beach in Falkenberg, Halland, Sweden. Photo: Unknown, 1940s-1950s. Postcard: Almquist & Cöster

We will show you ski resorts, beach life and camping grounds, an old folk’s home in Oskarström, a bus station in Umeå, miners at work in Kiruna, a car pulled by oxen in 1917, and many other sights from north to south in Sweden, with Swedes in different environments, at leisure or at various occupations. Several photographers were connected to the company. Still, many of the postcards don’t give the name of the photographer.

Warmly welcome to follow our photostream on Flickr Commons and discover Sweden through the Almquist & Cöster postcards! We are hoping for you to tag, comment and share to make these pictures come alive once more.

Oxen pulling a car, somewhere in Sweden. Photo: Unknown or Salfon Almquist, 1917. Postcard: Atelier S. Almquist
Oxen pulling a car, somewhere in Sweden. Photo: Unknown or Salfon Almquist, 1917. Postcard: Atelier S. Almquist

3,000,000 views on Flickr Commons!

Archaeological excavation in 1891 of a Stone Age settlement in a cave at the island of Stora Karlsö in the Baltic Sea. Photo: Hjalmar Stolpe
Archaeological excavation in 1891 of a Stone Age settlement in a cave at the island of Stora Karlsö in the Baltic Sea. Photo: Hjalmar Stolpe

We are proud to tell that the photographs of the Swedish National Heritage Board on Flickr Commons now have been viewed more than three million times. This striking number was reached and passed this week and is surely worthy of some attention.

Our participation on The Commons on Flickr has allowed so many people from all over the world to view, use and interact on the images we show as samples from our collections. So far, we have created 22 sets with different kinds of images from Sweden and other European countries and lately also with photos of old drawings, watercolours and prints. Helpful and clever members of the Flickr community have in comments provided new and useful information to 10 % of the images (which we have added to the information in our photo database online, Kulturmiljöbild). It’s always very encouraging to read all the kind and cheerful approval of the images and to view the many comparative photographs that have been posted.

A big ‘Thank You’ to all you viewers and Flickr members who have taken your time to view and interact on our photostream on Flickr Commons since the start in March 2009! We are so pleased to share the Swedish cultural heritage with you. :)

Crossing between Götgatan and  Ringvägen streets at Skanstull in the southern part of Stockholm city. Photo: Fredrik Bruno, 1943
Crossing between Götgatan and Ringvägen streets at Skanstull in the southern part of Stockholm city. Photo: Fredrik Bruno, 1943
Identified by a Flickr community member: The church of St-Jean in Fribourg, at Planche-Supérieure, Fribourg, Switzerland. Photo: Berit Wallenberg, 1936
Identified by a Flickr community member: The church of St-Jean in Fribourg, at Planche-Supérieure, Fribourg, Switzerland. Photo: Berit Wallenberg, 1936