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Pictures from an abandoned glassworks
It all started with a blizzard. A wholesaler in glass got caught in a snowstorm during a train journey in southwestern Sweden 1873. The train had to stop
at the small village of Fåglavik and he spend the night there. Next day he took a look at the surroundings and found out that there were a lot of peat bogs
close to the village. Peat is a fairly good fuel and he had intended to start glassworks, which need a lot of fuel to melt the glass.
Fåglavik seemed good enough and after less than two years the production started.
The industry had it's great days 1910-1950 with 350 workers at most. It was the 5-6 biggest glassworks in Sweden. Glass, mainly lamps, were also exported.
In 1950's the competition from European glass factories began to be noticeable. In 1980 it closed down for good. This house, "The German Smelting-house", was empty until it was torn down in September 2007. The pictures are taken in spring 2007. Fåglavik is now a sleepy little village.
We found catalogue from 1974, see below.
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