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Nanny Hammarström (1870–1953)

Author of Tibu Tipp och hans vänner : en berättelse

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Nanny Mathilda Hammarstrom was born as the fifth child in a family, which came to include eight children. His father, Herman Napoleon Hammarstrom, seemed like country clerk. Mother's name was Maria Sofia Sabelli. In the story The large family (1933), based on childhood memories, depicting Nanny Hammarstrom a cheerful and happy family life. The reality was different, however. Nanny's father died when she was five years old and the mother was expecting the youngest child. Her mother died five years later. After his father's death the family lived in poverty. After the death of her aunt struggled with taking care of the brood.

The energetic Nanny trained as a teacher at the Swedish training school in Helsinki and supported himself by taking loans. She was completed in 1890 and began that autumn his teaching career as a teacher of mathematics and natural sciences at Gamlakarleby Private lady school. After one academic year, she decided to continue her studies and received his baccalaureate in 1895. In the fall, she returned to work as a teacher of mathematics and natural sciences at Mariehamn Navigation School. In Mariehamn she met the teachers Olga Torckell and Hilda Montell, with whom she is interested in participating in the Finland-Swedish culture promotion. This circle of friends consisted of the end of life.

In 1900 moved Nanny Hammarstrom at Loviisa and became a teacher at the Elementary School (later Central School). Soon, she started studying. Helsinki and the University was now relatively close. She completed her teaching qualifications to complete a degree in education in 1902, graduated in mathematics at cum laude level in 1903 and graduated in chemistry and physics at approbatur level 1911. Teachers' Course in Loviisa was sufficient in 1933, but after that, she served as a part-time teacher until she was over 70 years. She was a very popular teacher. Margit Åström says that all Nanny's former students remember how they devoutly listened to her and how much joy and excitement of nature gave them through Nanny's stories.

In addition to his teaching and study did Nanny Hammarstrom in Loviisa participate in many other social things. The most active years as a social was 1910-30. She was an elementary school Executive Chairman for 10 years. Six years she was in the City Library Board. She was elected as the first woman to Loviisa town council (1919-23). She also participated in the Swedish People's Party local departmental operations and Martha and Lotta Association. During the civil war in 1918, she worked in the "Vita ambulance." His literary career began Nanny with writing articles in Eastern Uusimaa for many years.

Friends Olga Torckell and Hilda Montell in Mariehamn moved to Loviisa, likewise Nanny sister Aina. Olga lived with Nanny. The Nanny Hammarström's inner circle visited often death. Aina died in 1931, Hilda in 1932 and the dearest friend Olga Torckell 1941. Now Nanny again alone. Additionally, she was becoming deaf, and lost the joy to hear the sounds of nature on his summer villa Strand on the east side of Loviisanlahti. Nanny Hammarstrom died 03/12/1953. She were buried at the old cemetery in Loviisa in the same grave as Olga Torckell.

Nanny Hammarstrom was a paradoxical nature. On one hand, she was strong, brave, helpful and responsible. She was straight and tall both spiritually and physically. Responsibility grew when she was orphaned early and have to take care of their younger siblings. On the other hand, had Nanny poor self-esteem, which made her isolated himself in his loneliness. Margit Åström, who knew her well, emphasizes in many places in his Nanny Hammarstrom biography of her loneliness, melancholy and anxiety, "Painfully, she felt that life had passed her by ..." Religion gave her no comfort. In contrast, the nature - wind, sea, plants and animals - the subject of her interest and joy in life. With these themes because she created a successful career as a child writer.

His debut novel Two myrors adventures was published in 1907, a year after Olga Torckell had moved to Loviisa. Margit Åström mentions that without Olga's encouragement Nanny would hardly have overcome their inferiority complex and dared to publish his book. The following year the book was published in Finnish translation (Kahden muurahaisen seikkailut) and then in Norwegian, German, English (U.S.) and Russian. The book was also well received abroad.

The following works, Mrs. Rana (1908), tells of a frog's wife's experience. Especially in this and two myrors adventures is that the first-person narrator is an animal. Tibu Tipper and his friends (1913) tells the story of African animals. The book was translated into Finnish in the same year it was published. The author himself disliked most about his book Vårvindarnas World, published in 1929. Administration's stories are united by the wind Sune Sunnanvind, who is looking for adventure and encounter animals, especially birds, on their journey north. Hammarströms nature stories contain both fairytale fantasy and science. P. Nordmann mentions in his review of the book Two myrors adventures that no other natural history book presents the lives of animals for children in such an attractive and easily accessible form.

The first story collection for children, Children and adults 1, translated into Finnish Lapsia yes aikuisia 1, was published in 1918. Administration's second part was published in 1920, and a similar collection of stories The large family, 1933. All these works contain stories and children in a large family, of which a jaunty, slightly boyish girl Kaja reminds of a person, which the author has been able to be like children. Children's lives are happy and carefree. They make fishing and boating at Vasa coast, where they experience little adventure. The book's fictional children have a childhood, as the author himself would have wished to have.


Two myrors adventures. - 1907
Kahden muurahaisen seikkailut. Suom. - 1908
Mrs. Rana: story. - 1908
In maurlandet. - 1913
Tibu Tipper and his friends: a story. - 1913
Tepu Tep yes male ystävänsä. Suom. Helmi Krohn. - 1913
Cool pair Hirundo. - 1915
Squirrel and Other Stories. - 1916
Children and adults 1. - 1918
Lapsia yes aikuisia 1. Suom. Aarno Salervo. - 1920
Children and adults second - 1920
Vårvindarnas recording. - 1929
Kevättuulien teiltä. Suom. Inkeri Taube. - 1953
The large family. - 1933
Kråkliv. - 1935
A summer in tossornas and cleaving the forest of. - 1938

Finnish Swedish literature; Part Two: 1900s / edited by Clas Zilliacus. - 2000, 201
Nordmann, P., In the bookstore. Finnish magazine. 1. half-year 1914, 375-378
Suomen kirjailijat = Finnish authors 1809-1916. - 1993, 214
Encyclopaedia Finland; 2 Fim-Kep. - 2004, 263
Åström, Margit, Sago author Nanny Hammarstrom: melancholy and cheerful outlook on life. Finnish figures; 11. - 1976, from 125 to 156
75. Eastern Uusimaa 03/22/1945

Text: Eija Kareno
Translation: Margaret Wilkman

date 12.07.2006"
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