Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Classic Danish Bing & Grøndahl Empire pieces

When I lived in Copenhagen in the beginning of the new millennium, I began collecting Bing & Grøndahl Empire coffee set pieces. Here are some of my favourites:

"Bing & Grøndahl was a Danish porcelain manufacturer founded in 1853 by the sculptor Frederik Vilhelm Grøndahl and merchant brothers Meyer Hermann Bing and Jacob Herman Bing.[1] The trademark backstamp for Bing & Grøndahl (B&G) porcelains is the three towers derived from the Coat of Arms of Copenhagen.[2] The company's Seagull dinnerware series became known as the "National Service of Denmark" in the 1950s when it was found in one tenth of all Danish households. In 1987 the company merged with its primary competitor, the Royal Porcelain Factory under the name Royal Copenhagen." (Wikipedia)

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Swedish Easter witch

Easter witch decoration

"The belief in witches travelling to Blåkulla on Maundy Thursday (originally for a Sabbath with the Devil) is honoured by children dressing up as witches (påskkärring), knocking on the doors in the neighbourhood requesting treats (much like trick or treating during Halloween). (Wiki)

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Monday, 5 March 2018

The National Theatre in Helsinki (1902)

The new Finnish National Theatre building was inaugurated on April 9, 1902. Soon after the inauguration the Swedish monthly Ord och Bild published this photograph (here coloured by me) of the new theatre.

Some additional info on the theatre:

The Finnish National Theatre (Finnish: Suomen Kansallisteatteri), established in 1872, is a theatre located in central Helsinki on the northern side of the Helsinki Central Railway Station Square. The Finnish National Theatre is the oldest Finnish speaking professional theatre in Finland. It was known as the Finnish Theatre until 1902, when it was renamed the Finnish National Theatre.

For the first thirty years of its existence, the theatre functioned primarily as a touring company. The theatre did not acquire a permanent home until 1902, when a purpose-built structure was erected in the heart of Helsinki, adjacent to the city's main railway station. The building hosting the Finnish National Theatre today was completed in 1902 and designed by architect Onni Tarjanne in the National Romantic style, inspired by romantic nationalism. The theatre still operates in these premises today. (Wiki=

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Staff on the Russian hospital ship Mongolia during the Russo-Japanese war

This photograph (here partially coloured by me) shows doctors and nurses onboard the Russian hospital ship Mongolia in Port Arthur during the Russo-Japanese war. The photo was published in the Swedish magazine Allers Familj-Journal in 1905.