The old photos tell how Finland looked like 1922-1969, when people moved from the countryside to the cities and started to work in factories

Evacuation from Helsinki 1939. Photos: Central Union of Consumer Co-operatives
The old black and white photos are very charming. While viewing them you can feel the history. The photos tell how people once used to live and what kind of was  the environment around them: their homes, clothes, workplaces.

New born babies in Kotka in 1950s.
At the Finnish Museum of Photography you can now see how Finns lived 1922-1969. And what is best you can look  the photos also on Flickr.

The exhibition is based by images from the collections of the Central Union of Consumer Co-operatives.
Images of urbanization, industrialization and the emergence of consumer culture and the welfare tell about Finnish society. The vantage point is the working class. Photos show how workers moved from villages to cities and started to work in factories.

The sweetiest part of the collection is photos from children. During the Winter War in 1939 some of them had to leave their homes, when Helsinki was evacuated.


The Maternity hospital in Kotka is like a baby factory, when newborn babies sleep in their small beds next to each other.

The exhibition at in the Finnish Museum of Photography until  Sun 15/1 2017: Tue  11:00 - 18:00, Wed  11:00 - 20:00, Thu - Sun  11:00 - 18:00

Helsinki 1934.
Juupajoki 1955.
Children 1957.

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