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Ghost Signs in Stockholm

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Boot Scrapers in Stockholm

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An interesting type of book scraper which I haven't seen before


These are hinged so they can be kept upright and out of the way when not being used


Chained to the corner of the door






Manhole Covers in Stockholm

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I didn't find many old manhole covers in Stockholm, and the ones that I did find were all connected to the telecommunications infrastructure, in particular, from the company Rikstelefon.




This one dates from 1909 - it is similar to Swedish-made manhole cover that I found in Riga.

Rikstelefon Markers

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There are quite a few of these Rikstelefon markers in Stockholm. (Rikstelefon was a brand of Televerket, which was a Swedish government agency responsible for telecommunications from 1853 to 1993.) They include some numbers and an arrow so I assume they point to a manhole cover or something else that is part of the old telecommunications infrastructure.



Rikstelefon Phone Booths

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A few old Rikstelefon phone booths can still be found in Stockholm.  Rikstelefon was a brand of Televerket, which was a Swedish government agency responsible for telecommunications from 1853 to 1993. Rikstelefon means that the telephone could connect between cities (i.e. long-distance).



These last two are located in Stockholm's open-air museum

Some of the old phone booths have been repurposed for other uses, for example, one was turned into a mini library

Hoists in Stockholm

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Many of Stockholm's old buildings, especially in the Old Town, used to serve as storehouses/merchants' houses, and thus remnants of the hoist systems can still be found.











Guard Stones in Stockholm

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A sampling of Stockholm's various kinds of guard stones.

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Cannon Pipes Finding these only confirmed that the cannon that I saw in Riga were indeed used as guard stones


Next to this cannon is a rune stone, which is 1,000 years old.  More info about it here.
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