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History treat: A series of short films about Finns in the U.S.
By Elleda Wilson

The Daily Astorian

Published on October 13, 2017 12:01AM

Every now and then someone posts a link on Facebook to the series of short films, “Finns in the U.S. in 1948” ( Of particular interest, naturally, is the episode about the West Coast, and Astoria, specifically. A screen shot from that episode is shown.

The film is narrated in Finnish, but never fear, there are English subtitles, starting with: “Astoria is a center for Finns in the West. The first Finns came here in the 1860s. About 4,000 Finns live in Astoria. You can go shopping in Finnish … ”

Scenes of the fishermen with their boats and nets, horse seining, both men and women working in a cannery and on the old Astoria docks are all nostalgic glimpses of Astoria almost 70 years ago. For a history bon-bon, take the time to watch.


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