09_03

In other countries, Pippi might look a little different,
but everybody sticks to Astrid’s original concept of a girl with red hair in plaits.

09_02

In Sweden, Ingrid Vang Nyman’s illustrations are synonymous with Pippi Longstocking.

09_01

When Astrid’s daughter Karin is a little girl,
Astrid often tells her stories about a girl called Pippi Longstocking.
And for Karin’s 10th birthday, Astrid gets the idea of writing down all the stories about Pippi.
Having done so, she gives the original to Karin as a present and sends a copy to Albert Bonniers Förlag (Albert Bonnier’s Publishers).
They reject the manuscript, but by this time Astrid has discovered the joys of writing books.
She quickly writes another story, Britt-Mari lättar sitt hjärta,
which wins her 2nd Prize in Rabén & Sjögren’s girls’ book competition.
The firm publishes both Britt-Mari lättar sitt hjärta (1944) and Pippi Longstocking (1945).

Pippi Longstocking

1945

08_05

Karin lives at home until she gets married in 1958 to Carl Olof Nyman,
but the close contact between mother and daughter is never broken.
Karin and Carl Olof have four children – three boys and one girl.

08_04

Karin lives at home until she gets married in 1958 to Carl Olof Nyman,
but the close contact between mother and daughter is never broken.
Karin and Carl Olof have four children – three boys and one girl.

08_03

Summers are spent at Furusund (in Stockholm’s archipelago) enjoying the sun and the sea.

08_02

During Karin’s early childhood,
Astrid often spends the daytime in Vasaparken.
This is where she meets Alli Viridén who has a daughter (Margareta) the same age as Karin.
Alli and Astrid become friends for life.

08_01

A daughter, Karin, is born to Astrid and Sture on 21st May 1934
– and Astrid gets her hands full with two children at home.
It is Karin who, on the spur of the moment, invents the name Pippi Longstocking
whilst lying sick in bed, nagging her mum Astrid to tell her a story.

Karin, her daughter

07_05

Astrid at the International Grand Prix in Skåne (1933)
in her role as secretary for the Royal Swedish Automobile Club (KAK).

07_04

Through Sture’s work as manager,
first at the Royal Swedish Automobile Club (KAK) and later as CEO
of the Swedish Automobile Association (Motormännens Riksförbund),
he and Astrid got to do a lot of travelling. Here pictured having dinner with the association’s lawyer,
Karl-Erik Hedner and his wife Brita.

07_03

The wedding is held on the ground floor of the new house at Näs – Easter Saturday 1931.

07_02

The interest in books is of course something they have in common.

07_01

In 1928 Astrid works as a secretary
at the Royal Swedish Automobile Club (KAK),
where she meets her future husband, the office manager,
Sture Lindgren. They get married in Vimmerby.
After the wedding, they move into an apartment
on Vulcanusgatan in Stockholm, not far from where Astrid
has been renting a room for a few years. Astrid becomes
a housewife and loves being able to play with Lars every day.
Sture dies in 1952 from an internal haemorrhage, only 53 years old. Astrid never remarried.

Sture, her Husband

06_06

In the spring of 1947, Astrid has the joy of congratulating her son as he graduates from Senior High School.
Pictured together at home, on Dalagatan.

06_03

Lars often stays at Näs during his first few years
in Sweden. When he arrives in Vimmerby, he is
speaking Danish, but within a few months the
Småland dialect has taken over entirely.

06_02

Lars often stays at Näs during his first few years
in Sweden. When he arrives in Vimmerby, he is
speaking Danish, but within a few months the
Småland dialect has taken over entirely.

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