In Finland during World War II, some 242,000 women join Lotta-Svard (named for a fictional Finnish battlefield heroine), making the female paramilitary group the largest volunteer organization in the world.

In Finland during World War II, some women join Lotta-Svard (named for a fictional Finnish battlefield heroine), making the female paramilitary group the largest volunteer organization in the world. My aunt, Anna Kallio, was a Lotta :-) She was just

Russian-Finnish War 1939-1940 – the Winter War. Life Magazine, Frost and cold it was up to 30-40 degrees.

Russian-Finnish War – the Winter War. Life Magazine, Frost and cold it was up to degrees.

The sauna of Jean Sibelius 1905.  Ainola, Finland.

The sauna of Jean Sibelius Ainola, Järvenpää, Finland.

Mies, hevonen ja haravakone. Naiset nostavat heinää seipäille. 1940-luku.  Valokuvaaja tuntematon.  Kuvaa käyttäessäsi mainitse kuvalähde: Valokuvaajan nimi/Suomen valokuvataiteen museo/Alma Media/Uuden Suomen kokoelma Kuvan tunnus museon kokoelmissa: d2004_17_r1_r42-102_1.tif

Mies, hevonen ja haravakone. Naiset nostavat heinää seipäille. 1940-luku. Valokuvaaja tuntematon. Kuvaa käyttäessäsi mainitse kuvalähde: Valokuvaajan nimi/Suomen valokuvataiteen museo/Alma Media/Uuden Suomen kokoelma Kuvan tunnus museon kokoelmissa: d2004_17_r1_r42-102_1.tif

Finnish train conductresses, 1917. These ladies look like they took their jobs pretty seriously!

Finnish train conductresses, These ladies look like they took their jobs pretty seriously!

Finland’s Secret Weapon  Published in a British newspaper during the Winter War  photo credit: wwiicolor

Finland’s Secret Weapon Published in a British newspaper during the Winter War photo credit: wwiicolor - Finland

kehrääjä ja karstaaja; Cantell, Liinu. Suomen Museovirasto. Finland. My mother knew how to do this...

kehrääjä ja karstaaja; Cantell, Liinu. Suomen Museovirasto. Finland. My mother knew how to do this...

Finnish grandparents, Finnhorse and Eastern Finland cow ... Grandma P. went back to Finland to visit her family farm in 1945 ... This photo is so much like the ones she brought back (horses, cows, clothes).  The grandma is wearing a huivi (scarf) just like my grandmothers and great-grandmothers here in America did!

Finnish grandparents, Finnhorse and Eastern Finland cow .

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