Vintage Iceland

More vintage-Iceland stuff is also scattered about in other posts.

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All the tiny ones are photos taken by the University of Iceland and were published on the cover of their centennial student paper. The other Icelandic ones were either bought in Kolaportið, the flea market in Reykjavík, Iceland, or clipped from an Icelandic newspaper. The others are from Sweden and London.
“Eldhús sem innréttuð voru á 7. áratugnum hafa verið eftirsótt síðustu árin en húseigendur eru ekki alltaf svo heppnir að fá eldhúsin upprunaleg, án þess að þeim hafi verið breytt. Flísar á milli innréttinga koma sér vel hvað þrif varðar. /

Kitchens that were installed in the 60s have been in great demand in recent years but houseowners are not always so fortunate to get them original, free of renovations. Tiles in between installments are practical when it comes to cleaning.” (translation by an Icelander)

Album photos from my old Icelandic landlady, who would now be around sixty-seven years old (although by now she has died of cancer – I did get her permission to take the photos and post them).

Photos of the train are from “Iðnbylting á Íslandi: Umsköpun atvinnulífs um 1880 til 1940” published in 1987, other photos taken by fukkafyla in Reykjavík, Iceland. icelandpictures commented and noted:

The only train Iceland has ever had. The tracks stretched from Öskjuhlíðin by the Reykjavík airport to the Reykjavík harbor. It’s purpose was to carry rocks from the quarry in Öskjuhlíðin to where the harbor was being constructed. Throughout the early 20th century there were talks of setting up trains around Iceland. It never happened. You can see the locomotive from the picture sitting down by the Reykjavík harbor.

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These were taken at the Reykjavík library (in 2011 I think).
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(super lazy translations and probably full of mistakes)
Mynd tekin fyrir framan verslun Frú Gunnlaugsson á myndinni eru Sigríður Ágústsdóttir frá Baldurshaga, Sigurður Vigfússon frá Fögruvöllum, Lóa á Kiðabergi og Þórarinn Einarson frá Berjanesi. Eigandi myndar er Alda frá Kirkjuland. /
The photo was taken in front of the store Frú Gunnlaugsson. In the picture are Sigríður Ágústsdóttir from Baldurshaga, Sigurður Vigfússon from Fögruvöllum, Lóa at Kiðabergi and Þórarinn Einarson from Berjanesi. The owner of the photo is Alda from Kirkjuland.

Báturinn Guðný Harpa á siglingu upp Urðavegin / The boat Guðný Harpa on a voyage up Urðavegur (a street name).

Sigurður Tryggva og frændi hans Grétar í kofasmíði á Gíslholtstúninu í baksýn sést í Landagötu 12 hús Adda Bald og Höllu / Sigurður Tryggva and his relative Grétar building a house at Gíslholtstúninu (“Gíslholt’s hayfield”) in the back end of Adda Bald and Höllu’s house at Landagötu 12.

Högni Sigurðsson í Vatnsdal að vinna saltfisk ásamt fleira fólki /  Högni Sigurðsson in Vatnsdal working on saltfish together with other people. All photos taken from heimaslóð.is

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———— These photos are from my old flat in Reykjavík. According to the landlady, this kitchen was made in the 1940’s/1950’s and hasn’t ever been changed except for the furniture and some appliances (even the tiling is original). This stove also appears in photos of various dwellings from Iceland in the book “íslenzk íbúðarhús” from 1959, which you can see above.

There is “V, A, H” (Vinstri – left, Aftari – back, Hægri – right, but it could make sense for other languages too) labeled on the knobs for the burners, even though the knobs themselves say “Low, Med, High, Off” in English. The brand name is “Rafha”, and still exists today.

This stove is about 2/3rds the size of a normal European(?) stove, and 1/2 the size of a normal American stove. Even if it looks a normal size from the outside, in the oven part itself there is a thick metal border which makes the baking space much smaller – modern oven pans can’t fit inside of it, and pre-cut baking/wax/parchment paper is also the wrong size.

The thing with the metal knobs underneath the dials is a grease-catcher, meaning a shallow tray that can be pulled out, and it catches everything that falls down into the burners. At the very bottom is the standard compartment for pots and pans. This oven and the burners get far hotter than it should, whether because it’s old or if all stoves were like that at the time I don’t know.

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————— Screencaps from Iceland’s parliment’s website:
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Source was a page on the University of Iceland’s website that had a history of the University for its centennial celebration, but the page is now down.

“Two students walking outside the University [of Iceland] Building in 1951. Stúdentar á gangi. Myndin er í eigu Þjóðminjasafns Íslands.”

“Háskólabyggingin var vígð þann 17. júní 1940.”

“First University of Iceland lottery drawing 10th March 1934.”

Students from 1911 at the University of Iceland.
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