”The men were dressed in shaggy sheepskin coats, or garments of reindeer skin, with the hair outward” – Sundsvall, Medelpad (Bayard Taylor, 1858)

Sundsvall is a pretty little town of two or three thousand inhabitants, situated at the head of a broad and magnificent bay. It is the eastern terminus of the only post-road across the mountains to Trondhjem (Drontheim) in Norway, which passes through the extensive province of Jemteland.

It is, consequently, a lively and bustling place, and has a considerable coasting trade. The day after our arrival was market-day, and hundreds of the Norrlanders thronged the streets and public square. They were all fresh, strong, coarse, honest, healthy people–the men with long yellow hair, large noses and blue eyes, the women with the rosiest of checks and the fullest development of body and limb. Many of the latter wore basques or jackets of sheepskin with the wool inside, striped petticoats and bright red stockings.

The men were dressed in shaggy sheepskin coats, or garments of reindeer skin, with the hair outward. There was a vast collection of low Norrland sleds, laden with butter, cheese, hay, and wild game, and drawn by the rough and tough little horses of the country. Here was still plenty of life and animation, although we were already so far north that the sun did not shine upon Sundsvall the whole day, being hidden by a low hill to the south. The snowy ridges on the north, however, wore a bright roseate blush from his rays, from ten until two.

Note: Blogger’s highlightings.

Portrait of Bayard Taylor, older issue. Public Domain. The International library of famous literature. Pre-1878.
Sundsvall newspaper clip from 1858.
Sundsvall. Photo from 1870, from Lovisa Ulrika church gate towards east.
Unknown photographer.

 

 

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