Turn of the century Växjö 1900


At the turn of the 19th/20th century, Växjö was a small town with 7365 inhabitants. The cathedral, schools and its function as the administrative centre for Kronoberg County gave the town its character. Commerce and craft dominated industry, and, other than a matchstick factory, a mechanical workshop and a brewery, there were no large industries in Växjö. Politically, Växjö was conservative, and the innovative social movements found little success with their messages of organised temperance, socialism and a freer church.

The photographs from Betty Larsson’s collection are stored at Kulturarvscentrum Småland. She worked as a photographer in Växjö between 1895 and 1912 and had a studio at Sandgärdsgatan 22. In 1912, she moved with her family to Kristianstad, where she continued her photography work into the 1920s.

The exhibition can be found at Småland Museum.