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    Posted June 9, 2013 by
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    How do you welcome summer?

    Midsummer in Gotland 1957

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     This photo was taken by Paul Jackson’s uncle Sven Eric Andersson on Midsummer’s Day on the Swedish island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea.

    “I love this particular photograph. It feels like a scene from a film to me. There is something about the formal meal eaten outside, the table cloth, coats and hats and the expectation of the meal about to begin,” said the 59-year-old.

    Although it is midsummer everyone in the photo is wearing their coats and sweaters , 1957 was a particularly cold and miserable summer according to those present in the photograph.

    Mr Jackson who is half Swedish he is very proud of his ancestry and says he always “pauses a moment to think of my Swedish relatives on Midssummer evening.”

    “My mother was Swedish and grew up on Gotland. She left Sweden in 1946 to work in Ethiopia in a Swedish hospital where she met my father who was with the British Military Mission to Ethiopia. They lived much of their lives in Africa before settling in the UK in the mid-1970s. I was born in Kenya in 1954 and left there at age 19 to come to the UK to go to art school,” said the retired British civil servant who is spending his golden years working in the arts.
    - stinabacker, CNN iReport producer

    This is a photograph of my mother's family (Randahl) in Sweden it was taken in 1957 on Mid Summer's day. The garden is my grandmother's house in Slite a port on the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea. Although it is midsummer everyone is wearing their coats and sweaters as 1957 was a particularly cold and miserable summer.

    This photograph which was probably taken by my uncle Sven Eric who was a talented photographer. I see this and think of my wonderful Swedish relatives, many of whom are no longer here. The little girl with the blond hair smiling at the camera is my cousin Mimmis who is a schoolteacher now in Stocholm. A lovely person. Happy Midsummer to you all.
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