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Norway became a free nation again in 1905 after about 400 years and the flag became an important part of the Christmas cards in the period after that. That and the “nisse” of course. And this nisse has got nothing to do with Santa, the Norwegian "Nisse" is a relative of the Brownie, the Pixie and the Leprechaun. He lives in rural districts and in the woods. In Norway we call Santa Clause "nisse" as well, but that fat, jolly, "Ho Ho" chanting lunatic that Coca Cola and other companies that think they have a claim on Christmas love so much must never ever be mistaken for the original. The original "Nisse" has been around for as long as there has been people here in Norway, and he is here all year round.


I’ll be spending time with family and friends for a few days now and regular posting will start again when I’m back home. So all that is left now is to say:

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Most of these are American ones from the thirties and forties and printed in lithography technique. Lots of art deco style buildings and interior to feast the eyes upon – Ted

Most of these postcards were found on Paul Malon ’s flickr albums

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The lake is “Mjøsa”, Norway’s largest and one of the ships by the railway station is SS Skibladner. SS Skibladner runs Gjøvik / Lillehammer and Gjøvik / Eidsvoll return in the summer season. Nick name: Mjøsa’s White Swan

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Take A Day Trip To 1856

The world’s oldest preserved paddle steamer in timetabled service, with live steam engines, paddle wheels and a speed of 12 knots. "Skibladner" is the pride of Norway’s inland, and one of Norway’s best-loved tourist attractions. You can easily make a day trip on her if you are staying in the Oslo area – or planning to visit Lillehammer. Not to be missed.

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