KÃ¥reholm manor on the SlÃ¤tbaken inlet in ÃstergÃ¶tland, home of my friends the Danielsson family.
In the 1950s there was a company (maybe several?) in Sweden whose business was to fly around rural areas and take aerial photographs of farms, mills, churches and small factories. Employees in pilot uniforms would then ride around in limousines and sell copies to the landowners. For an extra fee you could get yours hand-tinted by a pilot’s wife in the suburb next to Bromma airport.
The company didn’t sell the negatives, and for most sites they didn’t make a sale at all. So the company archives came to hold tens of thousands of aerial photographs of Swedish farms, most of which were never seen by anyone. But now the business has re-opened on the web. No limo this time: you just browse the site’s watermarked images and order copies of any photograph that catches your fancy. Invaluable for field archaeologists who need to know something about land use at the areal maximum of Swedish agriculture. Many of the fields in the pix are spruce plantations now.