Alsike Church, Uppland, Sweden

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Where: Uppsala, Knivsta Kommun, Sweden

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When: 01 January 1933

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Alsike church, originally built at the end of the 13th century. A group of boys in front of the church, probably school boys. Some girls at the churchyard wall.

Alsike kyrka, ursprungligen byggd i slutet av 1200-talet. En grupp pojkar framför kyrkan, troligen skolpojkar. Några flickor vid kyrkogårdsmuren.

Parish (socken): Alsike
Province (landskap): Uppland
Municipality (kommun): Knivsta
County (län): Uppsala

Photograph by: August Schagerström
Date: 1933
Format: Glass plate negative

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    Martin van Duijn

    • 27/May/2020 08:27:29

    Once again, I would be not so sure about the date here. When I look at the clothes of the boys, I would say 1920s, or maybe even earlier. We see several sailor themed clothes, a style that started around 1950, but that was out of fashion by 1930. The photographer would have been 82 years old if he took this photo in 1933, and it is a glass negative photo. I found other photos by August Schagerstorm taken in Alsike, and most are from the 1920s.

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    Swedish National Heritage Board

    • 27/May/2020 11:44:22

    [] Well, Martin, interesting thoughts, but I’m not convinced. Sweden was not a rich country in the early 1900s, and people in the countryside were probably not very up to date in their clothing… The boys in the image could very well have inherited clothes from their older siblings. And in our archives - and our photo database - we have 17 photographs by Schagerström dated 1930-1934, all with glass plate negatives. (A lot more with an earlier date, also with glass plates.) Schagerström was a linguist, a senior lecturer in Nordic languages at Uppsala University, and a keen amateur photographer. He problably kept the same camera during his lifetime. Swedish scholars in those days often grew old and kept working as long as they could, passionate about their field of science... / Anna B. Upplandsmuseet (Uppland County Museum) in Uppsala show several of Schagerströms photos on Flickr: some taken in the early 1930s, also with glass plate negatives. Upplandsmuseet. Photo: August Schagerström, 1934[]

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    Martin van Duijn

    • 27/May/2020 12:38:06 Fair enough! I love these old photos, often taken by doctors, teachers or other professional people who could afford a camera and were able to get around. Somehow this is missing in the Dutch photographic history. Some time ago, I was able to order a book in Helsinki with photos of the Finnish veterinarian Bernhard Åström, who took a camera everywhere he went. According Wikipedia, he visited Sweden.

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    Swedish National Heritage Board

    • 28/May/2020 09:22:01

    [] Bernhard Åström certainly visited Sweden - Finland and Sweden have always been tight, with lots of exchange. / Anna B. Find more than 2000 of Bernhard Åström's photos in the excellent Finnish search service -