Visit of a possible recording site / location

Today one of the houses in Solberg was visited as a possible location for the upcoming scenes in the film. A house that was very exciting. The house has been empty for almost 50 years. The one who lived the furthest in the house was the farm-worker who lived there until 1964 long after the couple who owned the house died.

It felt strange that paintings and the like were still hanging. Especially the picture of the woman who lived in the house impressed me. She felt timeless while she was a typical 19th century woman. Of course she had gone away for a long time, but her face was still hanging on the wall and told me about the time gone by! Beautiful as a day. Very odd!

 

 

The man who lived longest in the house was a farm-worker. On the wall hung his calendar and shows where his life ended.

The calendar shows December 14, 1969. It is probably the last day when someone lived in the house!

Interview with Anette Tuores

Solberg Mill is one of the remaining places that are affiliated with Alexander. Anette Tuores, a very talented and competent genealogist, helped to clarify the concepts during an interview yesterday.

Very exciting to travel back among archive materials and old papers! Dan Kristensson handled the filming!

 

Coca-cola tells the history

Today, I visited Stockholm and Coca-Cola’s historian with great H, Ted Ryan.

Ted is usually active in Coca-cola company Atlanta, USA but vacationed so timely in Sweden! Thank you Coca-cola for loans of premises and lunch!

Ted was well-informed in Alexanders contribution to the competition for the world’s most famous packaging!

Lars Hansson talks about Sillgatan

Sillgatan was the street the emigrants crossed when they arrived in Gothenburg by train and would proceed down to Göteborgs port and to Packhuskajen to get on a steamer to make the trip to the new country. This was also done by Alexander and his brother. Lars Hansson at Emigran’s House tells how life was for the emigrants on Sillgatan and aboard these ships and another piece of puzzle from Alexander’s life falls into place.

Interview with Vivan Almqvist

Today I went to Vejbystrand to interview Vivan Almqvist. Vivan’s grandmother, Amanda was sister to Alexander. Vivan was very knowledgeable and had a big knowledge about her family history and about Alexander. Very fun to take part in her knowledge of past time!

 

Interview with professor Ulf Beijbom

Today I have interviewed Ulf Beijbom who is extremely competent in the field of emigration. It was over an hour with much excitement! Here’s how wikipedia writes about Ulf. Ulf Beijbom came to Växjö in January 1966 to build the Swedish Emigrant Institute, which he then headed for retirement in 2002.

In 1973-75 he was deputy professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA. He received a professor’s name in 1988. [1] He is a member of Småland Academy. He has also written a lot of books on the subject! He gives Alexander’s story further sharpness, very valuable !!

Shooting the movie introduction

Filming at the glassworks museum today. An incredible atmosphere where all the glass products produced at Surte 1862 are gathered on the shelves around. It felt like the right place to start the film about Alexander’s life. Alexander worked at Surte Glassworks between 1876 and 1883.

Filming in Hökås Sweden

Gathering the right surroundings or locations for a 19th century drama documentary can be really difficult. But Hökås is absolutely fantastic from several angles. Here time has stood still and it’s extremely fun to film. Anette and Martin Johansson play Alexander’s mother, Brita Kristina and Dad Anders.