Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Mousetrap

Råttfällan

As a member of the historical association I am sometimes asked to photograph old cottages for upcoming books. This is one such place. This property dates back to 1741. The name is a bit unusual. It is called The Mousetrap or Råttfällan in Swedish. It is located at Alby, a rural part of Haninge. The story behind the name is that there once lived a boatswain here who hated rats and he apparently made a lot of mousetraps. That same legend also says that he made traps for roe deers and elks! On my visit I had a lengthy chat with the current owner Mr. Svanäng. He is a retired farmer who has lived her for eleven years.

11 comments:

Jack said...

Well, Steffe, the historical association has chosen an excellent photographer for their books!

Christina Klas said...

Wow. What a neat opportunity.

RedPat said...

It looks fabulous for a building that old. I do love that Swedish red paint.

J Bar said...

Great shot to go down in history. :)

brattcat said...

You've certainly "caught" something wonderful in this shot but it's not a mouse.

T. Becque said...

Love the red buildings that seem to be typical of your area.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

I never would have guessed that this house was this old. It's a wonder it has survived the harsh winter weather. It's been well cared for over the years.

Mark said...

I also think it has been well cared for.

zakton said...

I imagine that this is the house that the rats in "Ratatouille" lived.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

I hope the historical association photo project inspires people to save what exists, not to create a record of what was.

VP said...

I can understand why a boatswain hates rats, but this trap thing seems a bit pathological... Nice cottage anyway, my compliment to the owner (and obviously to the photographer).