3. Courtyard (1932-1973)


Paavo, 31-year-old painter and decorator.
Salli, 26-year-old shop assistant.


Hannu, 2 years old.
Tuula, two months old.

Salli’s mother, who lives in the adjacent block, looks after the children when the parents are at work and occasionally in the evening as well.

In the mid-1930s, Amuri had 8 food shops, 5 general shops, 4 grocer’s shops, 1 jeweller’s shop, 1 furniture shop, and 1 book and stationery shop.


Matti, 40-year-old carpenter and house-owner.
Aila, 39 years of age. Aila has a stationery and haberdashery shop in the same building.


Heikki, 12-year-old secondary school boy.
Mirja, 10-year-old primary school girl.
Marjatta, six months.


Arvo, 20-year-old student at the Technical College, Aila’s second cousin from Vesilahti (about 30 km from Tampere).

In 1946, Finland suffered its worst shortage of goods after the war. Many products were rationed. There was a shortage of raw materials, foodstuffs, textiles, etc. There was no shortage of paper, however, and substitute products helped to satisfy the great demand.

House-owners were financially better off than tenants. The house-owner’s dwelling usually comprised 3 4 rooms. The dwelling was often better equipped than the tenants’ rooms, as there was an indoor water closet and a decorative tile stove, as in this building.


Room: The furniture in the room was bought before the war. The ‘ryijy’ wall covering was made by Aila in the 1930s and opposite it hangs the very popular painting ‘The Fighting Capercaillies’. (The original, by Ferdinand von Wright, is in the Ateneum Art Museum in Helsinki.) On top of the closed bookcase are some examples of handicraft made by soldiers at the front and on the open secretaire the house proprietor’s book and some ration cards.

Children’s room: Mirja, a ten year old girl attending primary school, collects labels from soft drink bottles. Heikki’s tin soldiers are on the windowsill in front of the crepe paper curtains. On the bed there is a completely new pair of plus fours, which were bought on the black market. The parents have bought a plant press for their children, both of whom still go to school and need the press for their botany lessons. The wall covering behind Mirja’s bed is made of paper.

Student’s rented room: Most of the objects in Arvo’s room are from the period after the war when products were scarce. The carpet, chairs, curtains, wall covering and sheets are made of paper. Even Arvo’s briefcase, cap and shoes are of paper. Arvo likes to participate in sports when he is not studying. Arvo’s mother and father are welcomed guests who come from Vesilahti, about 30 kilometres from Tampere. They have brought foodstuffs, which Arvo is happy to get. His parents are going to sleep on the camp bed in the corner of the room.


A stationery & haberdashery shop after the war

The goods on sale in the shop are made mainly of substitute materials, such as tablecloths and peaked caps made of paper.


Sulo, 55-year-old metal worker.
Helmi, 51-year-old office cleaner.

Sulo and Helmi have bought some new pieces of furniture now that the children have moved away from home. They are waiting to move into a new flat in Peltolammi, one of the Tampere suburbs.

A new plan was made for Amuri in 1965. Blocks of flats began to take the place of the wooden houses.

In the end of the l960s and in the beginning of the 1970s, work began on housing developments in the suburbs of Kaukajärvi, Peltolammi, Multisilta and Lentävänniemi. The first inhabitants moved to the suburb of Hervanta in l973.