Match Factory Ruins

In the early 1870’s a match factory was founded next to a small river near a large mansion. It burned down in 1918 and the construction of a new factory was started a few years later. In 1925 an accident on the construction site killed the owner of the business and he was the onlyContinue reading “Match Factory Ruins”

Factory Workers’ Court

You know this story, right. You’re cruising on a road in a place you’ve rarely visited, when you spot something interesting in the woods. Maybe it’s broken or boarded up windows, maybe an overgrown yard. You just catch a glimpse of it before it is behind trees again, so you take the next crossing, turnContinue reading “Factory Workers’ Court”

Work in Progress Part III

Another look at the room with the vintage lamp. The door frames look like they have been torn off and there’s a ladder on the floor. It actually also seems like the floor is not really a floor but just two very large boards piled on top of another. The main stairway of the apartmentsContinue reading “Work in Progress Part III”

Work in Progress Part II

Upstairs we go. This was where a meeting room and employer apartments were located. This, I believe, was the meeting room. And the reason to that is very simple. The reason to my belief was this utterly stupid stairway. It led up from the production area, and ended up in this room without really acnowledgingContinue reading “Work in Progress Part II”

Not For Everybody – Actually For Nobody Part IV

Like I promised in the previous post, let’s go upstairs. There was a large space with lockers. Perhaps it was a former dressing room. And a corridor with some empty rooms. All in all the upstairs was pretty boring. The back side again looked like production facilities. And the roof there had collapsed, so IContinue reading “Not For Everybody – Actually For Nobody Part IV”

Not For Everybody – Actually For Nobody Part III

The next room I found was a large auditorium. Probably used by the surgical textile factory to entertain foreign visitors and state guests. Somehow this is just a blast from the past: a remote factory with a large room entirely dedicated to visitors. This large room probably used to be the factory canteen. The plasticContinue reading “Not For Everybody – Actually For Nobody Part III”

Not For Everybody – Actually For Nobody Part II

After visiting the caretaker’s house, my tour around the factory continued. The backside was pretty much a wasteland with some loading bays. There were even some burnt out cars parked there. Don’t go, the writing says. Do you really think I would believe that? As I assumed, the place was mainly about empty halls. NoContinue reading “Not For Everybody – Actually For Nobody Part II”

Not For Everybody – Actually For Nobody Part I

My tour next took me to a very remote corner of Finland. And right in the middle of probably one of the strangest business ventures that ever existed in this country. Back in the days of president Urho Kekkonen, it was very customary for the state to found industries in remote corners of the country,Continue reading “Not For Everybody – Actually For Nobody Part I”

A Tiny Oddity

Most of the factory next to the Barbed Wire Villa has been demolished since production ended in the 1980’s, but several buildings in various states of decay were still around. The area of the main factory was now a metal recycling plant. But on the opposite side of the road from it were two otherContinue reading “A Tiny Oddity”

The Mill Is Open

The Southeastern part of Finland has a strong tradition in forest industry. Since the late 19th century around a dozen pulp mills and dozens of paper mills have cooked wealth to the Finnish society. In recent decades times have been hard. Paper machine after paper machine has been shut down, in the early 2000’s andContinue reading “The Mill Is Open”