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Dagen H, the day Sweden switched sides of the road, 1967 (3)

A girl with Dagen H logo on underwear.

Photo Credit: Jan Collsiöö

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As Dagen H neared, every intersection was equipped with an extra set of poles and traffic signals wrapped in black plastic. Workers roamed the streets early in the morning on Dagen H to remove the plastic.

Photo Credit: Jan Collsiöö

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The change was widely unpopular; in a 1955 referendum, 83 percent voted to keep driving on the left.

Photo Credit: Jan Collsiöö

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Kungsgatan, Stockholm, on Dagen H.

Photo Credit: Jan Collsiöö

A woman hitting a neo-Nazi with her handbag, Sweden, 1985

The Jewish Danielsson, whose mother survived Auschwitz, struck the skinhead during a march in the Swedish town of Växjö, 1985.

Stockholm telephone tower (1)

By 1913, the entire network had gone underground and the Telefontornet lost its function. The remaining shell stood as a landmark for the several decades.

Photo Credit: Tekniska Museet

Stockholm telephone tower (4)

The tower connected about 5,500 telephones to this single point.

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Stockholm telephone tower (3)

Just by looking at historical photos it’s easy to recognize the absurdity and danger of the whole endeavor, especially during the winter months.

Photo Credit: Tekniska Museet

Stockholm telephone tower (2)

From high winds to ice storms and fires, the network was extremely vulnerable to the elements.

Photo Credit: Tekniska Museet

Stockholm telephone tower (6)

The quadrangular metallic structure was 80 metres tall and soon fell out of favour with the local population.

Photo Credit: Tekniska Museet