Looking for photos of "three men" for Sepia Saturday 640, this one came to mind for me.
|Med Nils och Gustaf, omkring 1922|
With Nils and Gustaf, around 1922
It's in an album put together for my paternal grandfather Gustaf, for his 50th birthday in 1954. The album itself seems to have been a gift from 'the Swedish League of Journalists' (he was a journalist), but the photos were probably put in by my grandmother Sally (or else by Gustaf himself). The three young men in the photo are my grandfather (born 1904), my grandmother's brother Nils (born 1902), and another Gustaf (surname and age unknown to me).
In the same album, I also found two out of the three childhood photos of my grandfather which I think are all that exist, and from which I have drawn the conclusion that he must have been friends with my grandmother's younger brother ever since their childhood. With his future wife Sally being four years older than him, it won't have been until he was grown up that romantic feelings developed between them. He also came from poorer circumstances than she did. Anyway, they did not get engaged until she was 29, and he had turned 25. And got married a year later, in 1930.
I've probably shared these photos before, maybe even for Sepia Saturday, but I think it may be time to bring them together in one post and introduce my grandfather a bit more.
|Den grå stugan - barndomshemmet|
The grey cottage - the childhood home
*(Sorry about any confusion that may arise from several different people in my family history being named Gustaf and Gerda... Very common names back then!)
Gustaf's father was a farmer, or son of a farmer. I think his mother Gerda was working for him/them when she got pregnant. I have very few facts, but he did not marry Gerda but another woman, probably considered more suited to be a farmer's wife. But it seems he did acknowledge that he was the father of Gerda's child, as the boy was named after him. I have my grandfather's old school book (printed in 1910), and the name written on the inside of the cover is "Gustav Johansson". Later in life, he chose to take his mother's surname (Thulin) instead (and also changed the spelling of his first name, it seems).
|Storegården 1907 - The 'Big Farm' 1907|
|Två kamrater - Two comrades|
|I söndagsskolan 1912 - In Sunday School 1912|
|I Längjums fotbollslag - In [the village] football team|