42 Wonderful Color Photos Showing Life in Sweden During 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 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, 1958
Archaeological excavation, 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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