Umeå, Västerbotten, Sweden

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Where: Västerbotten, Umeå Kommun, Sweden

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When: 01 January 1943

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View of Umeå, towards Rådhusesplanaden (the Town Hall Esplanade), and the Railway Station at the far end.

Vy över Umeå, mot Rådhusesplanaden, och Järnvägsstationen längst bort.

Parish (socken): Umeå
Province (landskap): Västerbotten
Municipality (kommun): Umeå
County (län): Västerbotten

Photograph by: Unknown. Almquist & Cöster
Date: 1940-1945
Format: Cliché, glass plate with text

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Owner: Swedish National Heritage Board
Source: Flickr Commons
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    Martin van Duijn

    • 17/May/2021 08:31:12

    I'm pretty sure that the car is a 1937 Oldsmobile. But look closely, it has a wood gas generator on its rear bumper. So, that would make this a photo taken during sometime between 1940-1945.

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    Swedish National Heritage Board

    • 17/May/2021 11:34:45 Thank you Martin, for your useful observations! I'll change the period for the date to 1940-1945, according to your suggestion. I wonder if this smart looking car was common in Sweden? /Anna B.

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    Martin van Duijn

    • 17/May/2021 11:51:26 When I search for car photos on, I often see American cars on pre-1940 photos. Sweden of course only had Volvo as a car manufacturer. But you'll see the same on vintage Dutch photos - we did not have a car manufacturer at all in the 1930s. But I admit, an Oldsmobile was quite posh. Just today I found the same car on Flickr, in showroom condition.[email protected]/51184681013/

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    Swedish National Heritage Board

    • 17/May/2021 12:15:03 Nice photo - and the car looks like new! :) Thanks for posting. /Anna B.

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    • 18/May/2021 07:35:09

    Amazing old photo - with the wood gas generator! Now I see why you picked up my photo of the Oldsmobile!

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    • 03/Dec/2021 04:11:13

    It's a 1939 Chevrolet.