|Shopping, in the 50´s.|
It makes sense to have an indoor market street in a climate like ours, and Shopping has had many followers: Strand, Smedjan (the smithy), and there were a few other ones that have since been replaced with large stores instead. Sadly, many small shops have closed when the big chains like H&M, Lindex, Stadium, etc, have moved in. Also, we have a big shoppingcentre in the outskirts of town, Storheden (= the big heath or moor), with ample parkingspace and where you can buy pretty much anything you can think of to a much better price. Changing fashions have also made some stores disappear, like the longest lasting tenant in Shopping, Agda Pettersson, who had a miliner´s shop that even I remember (it closed in 1997). No one wears hats anymore, at least not like they used to. Agda Pettersson wasn´t in Shopping from the beginning, she took over after Betty Bjurström, a scandal beauty/former actress from Stockholm (confined to a wheelchair after having been shot by her jealous Italian husband!) who tried to sell silk ties for 80 kr (a LOT of money in those days) with the slogan "Dare to be Beautiful".
|Maud Adams, very young Luleå-girl.|
|The stationer´s shop on the site before Shopping was built.|
|Erskine´s drawing of his Shopping vision.|