Black and white photograph of Swan Turnblad, ca. 1900 driving his Waverly automobile—the first commercially available car owned by a Minnesotan.

Swan Turnblad driving his Waverly automobile

Swan Turnblad, ca. 1900 driving his Waverly automobile—the first commercially available car owned by a Minnesotan.

Black and white photograph of the Turnblad family (left to right): Christina, Lillian, and Swan, ca. 1890.

The Turnblad family

The Turnblad family (left to right): Christina, Lillian, and Swan, ca. 1890.

Black and white photograph of Swan Turnblad at about age sixteen, ca. 1876.

Swan Turnblad at about age sixteen

Swan Turnblad at about age sixteen, ca. 1876.

Turnblad, Swan (1860–1933)

Swan Turnblad was a prominent Swedish Minnesotan and the manager, editor, and publisher of Svenska Amerikanska Posten, a Swedish American newspaper. He donated his family home and the newspaper to the newly founded American Institute of Swedish Arts, Literature and Science (later renamed the American Swedish Institute) near the end of his life.

Color image of the August 30, 1905 issue of the Svenska Folkets Tidning, with an article detailing the history of the paper since 1881 on the front page.

Svenska Folkets Tidning

The August 30, 1905 issue of the Svenska Folkets Tidning, with an article detailing the history of the paper since 1881 on the front page.

Svenska Folkets Tidning

Svenska Folkets Tidning was a successful Minneapolis-based newspaper in publication from 1881 to 1927. It provided Swedish Americans with news from around the world but especially from Sweden, the greater United States, and Minnesota, all in the Swedish language.

Color postcard of the Svenska Amerikanska Posten building, ca. 1935.

Svenska Amerikanska Posten building

Postcard of the Svenska Amerikanska Posten building, ca. 1935.

Black and white photograph of Swan Turnblad, longtime manager and publisher of Svenska Amerikanska Posten ca. 1890s.

Swan Turnblad

Swan Turnblad, longtime manager and publisher of Svenska Amerikanska Posten, ca. 1890s.

A color page of Svenska Amerikanska Posten from the “Sångarfäst=Nummer” edition from July 21, 1903.

Svenska Amerikanska Posten front page

A color page of Svenska Amerikanska Posten from the “Sångarfäst=Nummer” edition (July 21, 1903).

Svenska Amerikanska Posten

Published in Minneapolis between 1885 and 1940, Svenska Amerikanska Posten (the Swedish American Post) was one of the largest and most popular Swedish-language newspapers in the United States. It catered to an urban, secular segment of the Swedish American community.

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