On to my backpacks. I have gathered three of these so far; a Haglöfsbackpack, a Swedish army M39 and a Savotta saddlesack 339.
First a little information on the packs.
The Haglöfs; back from the days they were still producing backpacks in Torsång, a village about 30km from here, so a local product. Searching the net I ended up with an image of a ryggsäck m/1935, which resembles mine a great deal, including the single leather attachmentstraps on the backpack. (source; digitalt museum.se). The label says:" Haglöfs mesryggsäck W.Haglöfs ryggsäckfabrik Torsång." All this indeed indicates a 1930's-1940's origin! Now that's one sweet "inheritance"!
The m39 is a former swedish army backack, vintage unknown and the Savotta most likely an surplus Finnish army backpack from the 60's, according to the Savotta companyperson that replied to my mail.
The m39 has all its attachmentpoints securely rivetted by double rivets with a thick leather backing. You will not tear up this pack that easy! It also has a smaller, simple pouch on the front inside. The Haglöfs has a similar pouch, but to the back of the pack. The single strap of the lid means it can not be loaded up as much as the m39 or the Savotta.
You can see the similarity in design of the frame, but the savotta is much wider in the shoulderarea. This gives the backpach itself much more stability, when standing on the ground. Thus the interior is a lot easier to access. It also has a rubberised lining in the main compartment, making it waterresistant, whereas the other 2 are not. It is also a lot less old, probably as much as 2 decades. The function of the strings at the sides is not really know, since the internal space of the pack is not greatly enhanced when loosening them.
Big let down are the incredibly narrow sidepockets. I do not have large hands, but they hardly fit into them!
Over time I have really developped a soft spot for backpacks like these, but it is obvious I can not wear them all. So some will have to go. Question is which ones...
I actually had thought of donating the Haglöfs to the company for display in a companymuseum or something like that, but looking at their internetsite I can not help but feel that they do not really care about their heritage and history.