06_05

For the first three years of his life,
Lars lives with a family in Copenhagen.
Astrid makes the 14-hour journey to Copenhagen as often as she is able.
In 1930 she brings Lars home to Sweden for good.

06_04

For the first three years of his life,
Lars lives with a family in Copenhagen.
Astrid makes the 14-hour journey to Copenhagen as often as she is able.
In 1930 she brings Lars home to Sweden for good.

06_01

In 1926 Astrid gives birth to her first child, Lars.
She does not want to set up family with his
father, a man 30 years her senior, but leaves
Vimmerby and has her baby in Copenhagen, at
the only hospital in Scandinavia where you do
not have to provide the name of the father. Lars
lives in a foster home the first three years whilst
Astrid has to make a living in Stockholm. In
1930, Lars comes to live with his grandparents at
Näs where he spends a year before Astrid is able
to bring him home to Stockholm. Lars eventually
becomes an engineer and has a family of his
own. He has three children – two sons and a
daughter.

Lars, her First Child

05_04

Astrid’s longest series of articles for Vimmerby Tidning was the travelogue,
På Luffen (Take a Hike). Over the course of ten days,
she and her girl-friends journey 300km on foot through northern Småland and Östergötland.
They finish off their trip with a taxi ride. Astrid is third from the left in the car.

05_03

The Vimmerby Tidning editorial office is located
on Storgatan in the centre of Vimmerby.

05_02

Reinhold Blomberg, Editor-in-Chief gives Astrid
a nice letter of recommendation when she leaves the paper.

05_01

By the age of 13, Astrid has already had a composition,
“På vår gård” (On our Property) published in the Vimmerby Tidning (Vimmerby Times).
And, in 1924, the Editor-in-Chief Reinhold Blomberg, needing a voluntary worker to join the paper,
asks Samuel August if Astrid might be interested.
She begins by writing notices and theatre reviews. She also does proofreading, answers the telephone,
runs errands and writes advertisements and death notices.
After only a short time she is also entrusted with the task of providing journalistic articles for the paper.

Her First Job

1925

04_05

Entertainment in Stockholm is expensive for an office girl in the 20’s.
But the friends throw parties now and then, like this masquerade where Astrid can be seen at the front wearing a hat.

04_04

In the autumn of 1926, Astrid has moved to a rented room in Östermalm (East Stockholm).
Pictured here with her friend, Saga at Nybrokajen in Stockholm.

04_03

In 1924, Astrid’s friend Anne-Marie (Madicken) turns 17 and is visited by her girlfriends,
all dressed up as suitors come to court her.
Astrid is at the far right of the picture.

04_02

In the Confirmation photo, Astrid is in the back row, third from the left.

04_01

Astrid’s memories of her childhood were happy ones,
but in spite of having had a large circle of friends, her memories of her teens were not as positive.
“Life in my teens was just a flat, empty existence – I was often melancholic. Like most teenagers, I thought
I was ugly and never did I fall in love, either.” In 1923 Astrid was confirmed by the Rev Höglander in Vimmerby.
In 1926 she moved to Stockholm and acquired qualifications as a shorthand/typist.

Her Teenage Years

1907

03_04

The bedroom at Näs. Astrid was born in the bed by the window.
And this is the room where the children played “don’t step on the floor”, just like Pippi Longstocking.

03_03

In 1971, Vimmerby Council decided to have the fire brigade burn down the barn that Samuel August
had built back in the 20’s. Measuring 105m, it was the “longest barn in North Kalmar Shire”.

03_02

The extended family gathered at Näs in 1915. Samuel August, Hanna and the children along with maids and farmhands.

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