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Världsutställningen i Paris 1889

Paris är idag en av de populäraste städerna att besöka i världen. Frankrikes huvudstad har en lång och rik historia från medeltiden till franska revolution och till den moderna tiden. I staden finns också många kända sevärdheter som t.ex. Louvren, Notre Dame de Paris, Triumfbågen, Versailles palatset och förstås Eiffeltornet. Världsutställningen 1889 är känd för att ha introducerat Eiffeltornet. Men vad har Paris 1889 och Eiffeltornet med Hertonäs gårds museum att göra? När jag gick igenom olika fotoalbum i Hertonäs upptäckte jag att Helene Bergbom (f. Gripenberg) har lämnat efter sig ett album med bilder från världsutställningen 1889 och det fanns många intressanta bilder i albumet. Läs mera nedan!Läs mera »
Karl Heikkilä
12.01.2022 kl. 19:02

Pariisin maailmannäyttely 1889

Tänään Pariisi on yksi maailman suosituimmista paikoista, jonne matkustetaan. Ranskan pääkaupungilla on pitkä ja rikas historia keskiajasta ranskan vallankumoukseen ja moderniin aikaan. Kaupungissa on myös monta kuuluisia nähtävyyksiä kuten taidemuseo Louvre, Notre Dame de Paris, Riemukaari, Versailles palatsi ja tietenkin Eiffelin torni. Pariisin maailmannäyttely 1889 on kuuluisa siitä, että Eiffelin torni esitetiin siellä. Mutta mitä Pariisilla 1889 ja Eiffel tornilla on Herttoniemen kartanon museon kansa tekemistä? Kun olin käynyt erilaisien valokuva albumeiden läpi Herttoniemellä, huomasin että Helene Bergbomilla (os. Gripenberg) on valokuva albumi maailmannäyttelystä 1889 ja albumissa oli monta kiinnostavaa kuvaa. Lue lisää alla! Läs mera »
Karl Heikkilä
12.01.2022 kl. 18:57

Exposition Universelle 1889

Today Paris is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. The capital of France has a long and rich history from the medieval period to the French revolution and to the modern age. There are many famous attractions in Paris such as the Louvre, Notre Dame de Paris, Arc de Triomphe, Palace of Versailles and of course the Eiffel Tower. The Exposition Universelle (world’s fair) 1889 is known for introducing the Eiffel Tower. But what has Paris 1889 and the Eiffel Tower got to do with Herttoniemi Manor Museum? When I went through different photo albums at Herttoniemi I discovered that Helene Bergbom (born Gripenberg) has left behind an album with pictures from the world’s fair 1889 and there were many interesting pictures in the album. Read more down below!Läs mera »
Karl Heikkilä
12.01.2022 kl. 18:48

Sytning – bondens pension, den välbärgades möjlighet II

De så kallade sytningsavtalen fanns kvar ända in på 1900-talet – ett faktum som visar hur viktiga de var för många människor på landsbygden. De sista sytningshjonen, det vill säga äldre som ”tagit sytning” hos sina barn, upplevde också de första folkpensionerna på 1930-talet innan pensionssystemet och urbaniseringen förpassade sytningssystemet till historien. Också borgarna slöt sytningsavtal med sina föräldrar. Läs mer nedan!Läs mera »
Ida Karlgren
21.12.2021 kl. 16:13

Syytinki - maanviljelijän eläke, varakkaan oikeus II

Syytinkisopimukset säilyivät 1900-luvulle asti. Tämä osoittaa, kuinka tärkeitä ne olivat monille maaseudulla asuville. Myös viimeiset syytingillä olevat kokivat ensimmäiset kansaneläkkeet 1930-luvulla ennen kuin eläkejärjestelmä ja kaupungistuminen siirsivät syytinkijärjestelmän historiaan. Porvarit solmivat myös syytinkisopimuksia vanhempiensa kanssa. Lue lisää alla!Läs mera »
Ida Karlgren
21.12.2021 kl. 16:08

Retirement Contracts – On Aging as a Farmer and a Burgher II

The signings of retirement contracts (Swe. sytning) remained important up and into the 20th century – a fact that proves their importance to the denizens of the Finnish countryside. The last people living as so called sytningshjon lived to experience the birth of the national pension system in the 1930s, before national pensions and urbanisation eventually made the retirement contract system redundant as a primary form of retirement. The contracts could also be signed by burghers and their relatives. Read more below!Läs mera »
Ida Karlgren
21.12.2021 kl. 15:59

Sytning – bondens pension, den välbärgades möjlighet I

Genom tiderna har många hemman varit föremål för sytning, även Hertonäs gård. Men vad är sytning? Andra namn för fenomenet är bland annat undantag eller födoråd, samt en mängd andra regionala varianter – men oavsett vad man kallar det vet få vad ordet betyder mer. Att syta någon eller något betyder ursprungligen att ta hand om, sköta, och kom att beteckna en typ av pensionsarrangemang som existerade i Norden i flera hundra år. Läs mer nedan!Läs mera »
Ida Karlgren
13.12.2021 kl. 17:25

Syytinki - maanviljelijän eläke, varakkaan oikeus I

Kautta aikojen monet kodit ovat peritty syytingin kautta, myös Herttoniemen kartanolla. Mutta mitä on syytinki? Ilmiöllä on monta nimeä, kuten ruokahuolto, sekä joukko muita alueellisia muunnelmia - mutta kutsutaan sitä miksi tahansa, harvat tietävät nykyisin mitä sana tarkoittaa. Syytinki tarkoittaa alunperin huolehtimista ja tuli merkitsemään sellaista eläkejärjestelyä, joka oli olemassa Pohjoismaissa useita satoja vuosia. Lue lisää alla!Läs mera »
Ida Karlgren
13.12.2021 kl. 17:21

Retirement Contracts – On Aging as a Farmer and a Burgher I

Through the ages many homesteads have switched hands via something called sytning/syytinki, amongst others Hertonäs manor. But what is sytning? It’s a phenomenon that has had many other names, depending on what Nordic country and region you’re from, but no matter what it is called few know it’s meaning and importance nowadays. Originally, the meaning of the word is to take care of something or someone, but it came to mean much more - as a form of retirement contract, sytning was the main form of pension for most property-owning farmers for centuries. Read more down below!Läs mera »
Ida Karlgren
13.12.2021 kl. 17:16

Antikt formspråk på Hertonäs gård

Tidigare på hösten rapporterades det tyvärr i nyheterna om flera vulkanutbrott på vulkanön La Palma på norra Kanarieöarna i Spanien. Historiskt sett har det funnits flera stora vulkanutbrott i världen. I flera av dessa fall har de haft en avgörande påverkan på historien. Ett sådant vulkanutbrott skedde år 79. Då var det vulkanen Vesuvius 10 km sydöst om staden Neapel i dagens södra Italien som hade ett utbrott. Händelsen influerade bland annat det formspråk som nu finns till påseende för besökare på Hertonäs gård. Hur syns vulkanutbrottet i de existerande utställningarna? På vilket sätt påverkar antiken fortfarande idag det som finns tillgängligt på Hertonäs gård? Det här kommer jag nu att behandla i denna bloggartikel. För mer information om Vesuvius och antikens influens på Hertonäs gård och utställningarna se texten här nedan.Läs mera »
Ralf Palmgren
29.11.2021 kl. 07:33

The Outhouse at Knusbacka Farmstead

19.09.2021 kl. 08:26
Knusbacka is an old farmstead from the era of Swedish rule in the 18th century. The farmstead has been moved from Box in Sipoo to Hertonäs manor and its surroundings in eastern Helsinki during the 1920s. An old outhouse is also remaining on Knusbacka’s yard. The guides at Hertonäs Manor Museum usually present it to the public during the guided tours at Hertonäs manor and Knusbacka farmstead. Guided tours are arranged on Sundays at 2 to 3 PM from May to September. The guides also present the farmstead and the outdoor toilet for booked groups. What makes an old outdoor toilet interesting? How did people relate to excrement in the old peasant society? Did the outdoor toilets have other functions during an era when most people lived on rural farms? Read more below.

A discussion about excrement and urine usually sters strong opinions in our present society. It is a theme that is often regarded as taboo. This changed as late as in the early 20th century. The outdoor toilet was often situated in the center of the yard, as it is situated today at the farmstead Knusbacka. In the old peasant society in the 19th century everybody lived densely with one another. The outdoor toilet thus became a forum for social contact, where youngsters of the same sex as well as close family members, such as mother and daughter och father and son, could interact undisturbed. This is why the outdoor toilet has two holes at Knusbacka. This is why the outdoor toilet was called privy. The nickname does not derive from people’s private needs, but from the private social interactions.


The outhouse at Knusbacka farmstead. Photo: EAW 2021.

When one was done with the needs at the privy it was time to swipe. How did the swiping take place in the 19th century? There was hardly any modern toiletpaper available at the outdoor toilet at Knusbacka. Instead of using modern toiletpaper people used old printed newspapers. It was also custom to use cheap books that one had finished reading. The production of early toilet paper for commercial use was invented by the American inventor Joseph Gayetty. He lived in the east parts of the USA in the mid-1800s. In the 1930s and 1940s toilet paper was still rare in the Nordic countries. Many thought that it was an unnecessary and expensive luxury that very few could afford. Commercially produced toilet paper became more popular in the Nordic countries as late as in the 1950s. 


The outhouse (in the center) is placed in the middle of the yard. Picture: EAW 2021.

Large changes in mentalities regarding the outdoor toilets have occurred from the 1850s to the present. Nowadays many think that outdoor toilets are unhygienic. A big reason for this is the smell of the excrement and the paper that is left on the spot. In the toilet at home everything is transported away by a flush. This was not the case in the old rural world. In 1851 the world fair, The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations, was held at Crystal Palace in Hyde Park in London. Here the first water closets (wc) were presented to the world. Their use made the cities more hygienic. In the countryside people continued to use the outdoor toilets especially in the summers. But life became more private in the 20th century. Nowadays the outdoor toilets are regarded as something that has been flushed away from our modern world. Some people still have outdoor toilets, but merely in their summer cottages. 


The outhouse has sometimes been restaurated and changed. Thus only one person could use it. The door has also been changed. Picture: EAW 2021.

Literature:
Backman, Sigbritt, Hertonäs gård - från säterier till museum, SOV, Helsingfors 2016. 
Bäck, Kalle, Det svenska dasset – Inte bara en skitsak!, Borensberg 1994.

Translation: EAW 2021.

Ralf Palmgren