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Welcome to Sweden
Written by Chris Alm in Roadtrip

Welcome to Sweden

Enjoy fine dining and lodging at our many motels, eateries, gas stations and… castles conveniently placed along highways stretching cross country....

Sweden House Smorgasbord
Written by Chris Alm in Roadtrip

Sweden House Smorgasbord

Anyone fancy a wide range of delicious Swedish cuisine? Do not look further, go and try Sweden House’s Smorgasbord and enjoy the lovely service of their blond and tall waitresses! I did some research about the restaurant and found out that it was located in Tampa, Florida (at 2720 North Dale Mabry Highway to be precise). The postcards most likely date back from the early...

Shopping Spree – Part 8
Written by Chris Alm in Stores

Shopping Spree – Part 8

More retro photos of Domus stores in Sweden. Why? Because it’s good for you. Someone please bring back Domus, we miss you. Oh and clean up on aisle three....

Shopping Spree – Part 7
Written by Chris Alm in Stores

Shopping Spree – Part 7

We haven’t visited the golden age of shopping for a while, so why not take a waltz down the aisles once again. This time we are focusing on the Swedish department store chain Domus (house in latin). It was owned by the Consumer Corporation (KF) who in their glory days had over 200 stores throughout the country. Sadly, business was slowly beginning to come to...

Video

Here is a short montage of footage shot in Malmö, south Sweden in the summer of 1962. You can really feel the warm sunny weather and happy-go-lucky people going about their business or just enjoying the nice weather. Everything seems more colorful, happy and better back then. I wish Malmö still looked like this, but I guess it’s a thing of the past. The footage...

Väla Centrum – A Kitschy Swedish Shopping Mall

Väla Centrum is a shopping mall located in southern Sweden just outside of Helsingborg. This is the mall I grew up with. Many, many Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons were spent here as I took the car south going shopping with my family as a kid back in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Väla Centrum was built in 1974 and was at its opening...

Helsingborg in the 1960s
Written by Chris Alm in Roadtrip

Helsingborg in the 1960s

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 of 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...

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