Stores Time for another peek at the past shopping experiences. This time we are leaving Sweden to have a look at some photos from an American shopping center. Since most of the Swedish malls and shopping centers that was built in the 50s, 60s and 70s all took their inspiration from the American malls, I thought it would be a good idea to compare the design and architecture of them. This is Southdale Center Mall in Edina, Minnesota. It was built in 1956 and still stands today, but heavily modified of course. Southdale Center was the first climate-controlled enclosed mall in America. Same as Shopping in Luleå, Sweden was when it was built in 1955. So ( continue reading... )

The Cocktail Nation

The Cocktail Nation: Stolen Idols

Episode 325    Aug 31st 2014

Drew farmer from the Stolen Idols joins me on the show this week, got some stories on sixties decorating and some of the things we have forgotten from the past that are probably worth re igniting. I’ll also share a blog I wrote recently about modern life and how to live better, plus the best exotica and lounge music across the globe.

Roadtrip I got a e-mail today from Lasse who has been a frequent visitor to my blog and really likes the postcards and music I post here. So he was nice enough to supply me with three scanned postcards from Helsingborg from the 1960s to help continue my Swedish 1960s marathon. Helsingborg was a major boat hub to Denmark until the Öresund Bridge was completed in 2000. There is still a ferry line to Denmark – but the charm of taking the old kitschy DSB ferries from the old Helsingborg F station to Helsingør is now a thing of the past. ( continue reading... )

Roadtrip Looks like I am stuck in the 1960s. I found some nice photos of how the city of Halmstad looked back then. Halmstad is located on the southern westcoast of Sweden and is famous for its beaches, golf courses and tourists during the summers. ( read more... )

Roadtrip I have decided to continue posting old postcards from Malmö. Here are four more which depicts how the central parts of Malmö looked in the 1960s, notice how vibrant everything looks and feels. I lived there myself for almost two years between 2002 and 2004, can’t really say I appreciate the changes the city went through in the 1990s. It feels very different from what ( read more... )

Stores Time again to visit the yesteryear’s shopping experience. Here are some fresh assorted postcards from two different shopping centers in Sweden, one from Stockholm and the other one from Gothenburg. I have only visited the latter a couple of times, and it is still there – but it looks slightly different today (as many other things from the past). ( read more... )

Architecture Malmö’s first skyscraper (and one of Sweden’s earliest) was built in 1964 and namned Kronprinsen (The Crown Prince). It stands 27 floors tall and features 700 apartments which can house as many as 3 000 people. The cost of building it was a staggering 90 million SEK (approx. $12 000 000). Standing at the top of the building, on the visitors terrace, one could see ( read more... )