Nöjesfältet Stockholm

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Johan Lindgren first worked in a sawmill in Norrland. It was not his calling. He started an itinerant amusement park that traveled around Sweden. It was successful. With the money, he could buy a piece of land in Stockholm in 1924, where he started Nöjesfältet, an amusement park. That was a provocation to his neighbour directly across the street, Gustaf Nilsson, owner of Gröna Lund, whose main entrance was also on Allmänna Gränd on the island of Djurgården.

Lindgren had a lot in common with Nilsson. Both were born in 1888 and both had a competitive drive. Lindgren set up a standard amusement park with dance floor, but he installed a roller coaster, something Gröna Lund lacked at the time.

Nilsson was an engineer, with a degree of refinement, playing legal tricks on his competitor. He provoked a legal conflict about who was entitled to the Quarantine Stable, which was located approximately at Gröna Lund's Lustiga Huset's current location. Johan Lindgren rented part of the house for one year at a time for winter storage of his roller coaster. However, Gustaf Nilsson bought the land and managed to arrange for the tenancy to be transferred to Gröna Lund instead. Lindgren protested, but then Nilsson dug a wide ditch to prevent his competitor from getting out his roller coaster. The two amusement park directors pushed the issue further to the Court of Appeal level, where Gustaf Nilsson and Gröna Lund won. In response, there was a dead horse in front of Gröna Lund's main entrance.

Lindgren was a rough character, who was known to manhandle obnoxious clients personally. He also had a social streak, that he showed by founding Svenska Tivoliägare Föreningen. He was not above a bit of cheating, as he proved during a visit to Stockholm of king Zog of Albania. The programme of the visit included a visit to nearby Skansen, an upper class open air museum. However, the convoy with the royal visitor was intercepted at Djurgårdsbron, the bridge connecting the island to Djurgården by Nöjesfältet's limousine-like executive car, pretending to be the guide for the king. The convy followed the car which, instead of going up to Skansen, went to Nöjesfältet. There, Albania's national anthem was played on a crank gramophone by a staff member sitting on a roof. King Zog had a perfectly nice time visiting Nöjesfältet while the absence of the royal visitor at Skansen remained unexplained.

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Nöjesfältet tended to attract a working class public, while the clients of Gröna Lund were more middle class. Lindgren and Nilsson both died in 1940. Although the two had been neighbours and competitors for almost 16 years, they had never spoken to each other. Johan's son, John Lindgren, succeeded him. He and Nilsson's daughter Ninni had been secretly in love, but it was only after the death of their fathers that they could show their feelings in public. The pair married in 1942. Orchestras from Nöjesfältet and Gröna Lund played at the wedding. The wedding dinner was held at Hasselbacken, where well-known revue artist Karl Gerhard gave a speech. Gerhard later wrote a song about the event, "Happy End in Breda Gränd". The Shakespearean love story was the subject of the feature film "Fire and Flames"

It turned out to be an end only for Nöjesfältet. In time, John became CEO of Gröna Lund, there was not enough capital to keep both parks up to date. In 1957, Nöjesfältet was closed. It was revived only for the 2019 season as part of Gröna Lund became inaccessible due to modernisations and an area outside was developed as compensation for visitors and called Nöjesfältet.

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Nöjesfältet Letter Tokens
SA-NÖSTA1.jpg
Filename SA-NÖSTA1
Side 1 .NÖJESFÄLTET . STOCKHOLM A inside decorated border
Side 2 .NÖJESFÄLTET . STOCKHOLM A inside decorated border
Manufacture White metal coated Brass
Size (mm) 26
Weight (grams)
Notes round
Source
SA-NÖSTA2.jpg
Filename SA-NÖSTA2
Side 1 .NÖJESFÄLTET . STOCKHOLM A inside decorated border
Side 2 .NÖJESFÄLTET . STOCKHOLM A inside decorated border
Manufacture Brass
Size (mm) 26
Weight (grams)
Notes round
Source
SA-NÖSTB1.jpg
Filename SA-NÖSTB1
Side 1 .NÖJESFÄLTET . STOCKHOLM B inside decorated border
Side 2 .NÖJESFÄLTET . STOCKHOLM B inside decorated border
Manufacture White metal coated Brass
Size (mm) 26
Weight (grams)
Notes round

Watchit.jpg SA-NÖSTB1 varieties

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SA-NÖSTB2b.jpg
Filename SA-NÖSTB2b
Side 1 .NÖJESFÄLTET . STOCKHOLM B inside decorated border
Side 2 .NÖJESFÄLTET . STOCKHOLM B inside decorated border
Manufacture Iron
Size (mm) 26
Weight (grams)
Notes round

Watchit.jpg SA-NÖSTB2 varieties

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SA-NÖSTB3.jpg
Filename SA-NÖSTB3
Side 1 .NÖJESFÄLTET . STOCKHOLM B inside decorated border
Side 2 .NÖJESFÄLTET . STOCKHOLM B inside decorated border
Manufacture Brass
Size (mm) 26
Weight (grams)
Notes round
Source
SA-NÖSTC1.jpg
Filename SA-NÖSTC1
Side 1 .NÖJESFÄLTET . STOCKHOLM C inside decorated border
Side 2 .NÖJESFÄLTET . STOCKHOLM C inside decorated border
Manufacture White metal coated Brass
Size (mm) 26
Weight (grams)
Notes round
Source
SA-NÖSTC2.jpg
Filename SA-NÖSTC2
Side 1 .NÖJESFÄLTET . STOCKHOLM C inside decorated border
Side 2 .NÖJESFÄLTET . STOCKHOLM C inside decorated border
Manufacture Brass
Size (mm) 26
Weight (grams)
Notes round
Source


Nöjesfältet Tokens
SA-NÖST10.jpg
Filename SA-NÖST10
Side 1 *NÖJESFÄLTET * STHLM
Side 2 *NÖJESFÄLTET * STHLM / SIGMA STOCKHOLM
Manufacture White metal
Size (mm) 27
Weight (grams)
Notes round

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File:SA-NÖST11.jpg
Filename SA-NÖST11
Side 1 * NÖJESFÄLTET * STHLM
Side 2 * NÖJESFÄLTET * STHLM
Manufacture White metal
Size (mm) 27
Weight (grams)
Notes round with notch on the rim, cross like stars

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SA-NÖST12.jpg
Filename SA-NÖST12
Side 1 * NÖJESFÄLTET * STHLM
Side 2 * NÖJESFÄLTET * STHLM
Manufacture White metal
Size (mm) 21
Weight (grams)
Notes round, cross like stars
Source
SA-NÖST13.jpg
Filename SA-NÖST13
Side 1 * NÖJESFÄLTET * STHLM
Side 2 . NÖJESFÄLTET . STHLM
Manufacture brass
Size (mm) 21
Weight (grams)
Notes round
Source
SA-NÖST14.jpg
Filename SA-NÖST14
Side 1 NÖJESFÄLTET * * * STHLM
Side 2 * NÖJESFÄLTET * STHLM
Manufacture aluminium
Size (mm) 21
Weight (grams)
Notes round
Source
File:SA-NÖST15.jpg
Filename SA-NÖST15
Side 1 NÖJESFÄLTET * * * STHLM
Side 2 * NÖJESFÄLTET * STHLM
Manufacture White metal
Size (mm) 21
Weight (grams)
Notes round
Source
SA-NÖST16.jpg
Filename SA-NÖST16
Side 1 NÖJESFÄLTET * * * STHLM
Side 2 * NÖJESFÄLTET * STHLM
Manufacture Iron
Size (mm) 21
Weight (grams)
Notes round
Source
File:SA-NÖST17.jpg
Filename SA-NÖST17
Side 1 NÖJESFÄLTET * * * STHLM
Side 2 * NÖJESFÄLTET * STHLM
Manufacture Brass
Size (mm) 21
Weight (grams)
Notes round
Source
SA-NÖST18.jpg
Filename SA-NÖST18
Side 1 * NÖJESFÄLTET * STHLM / HR in the centre
Side 2 * NÖJESFÄLTET * STHLM / HR in the centre
Manufacture brass
Size (mm) 21
Weight (grams)
Notes round
Source
SA-NÖST19.jpg
Filename SA-NÖST19
Side 1 * NÖJESFÄLTET * STHLM / AN in the centre
Side 2 . NÖJESFÄLTET . STHLM / AN in the centre
Manufacture brass
Size (mm) 21
Weight (grams)
Notes round
Source