“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Reykjavik, Capital Region H÷fu­borgarsvŠ­i, Iceland


Reykjavik Bˇkmenntaborg UNESCO City of Literature

Adlon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 8, 2017
1. Adlon Marker
Inscription. HÚr, ß milli A­alstrŠtis 6 og 8, stˇ­ barinn Adlon um mi­ja 20. ÷ldina, e­a Langibar eins og hann var kalla­ur Ý daglegu tali. Sta­urinn var vinsŠll me­al ungs fˇlks og gekk af ■eim s÷kum einnig undir nafninu äUngverjaland" en enn eitt nafni­ var äSˇ­abar" eftir fullu nafni sta­arins, Adlon Soda Fountain. Langibar kemur vi­ s÷g˙ Ý skßlds÷gunni V÷gguvÝsu (1950) eftir ElÝas Mar, fyrstu ReykjavÝkurs÷gunni sem lřsir lÝfi unglinga Ý hinni vaxandi borg.

äSvinggŠjasjoppon Adlon, ˇ­ru nafni Ungverjaland, kl˙kir millum gamalla timburh˙sa Ý miˇbŠnum, innrÚttu­ forskala­an hjall, eins og motarvagn Ý jßrnbrautarlest me­ a bar eftir endil÷ngu. Pilturinn kemur sÚr ekki a­ ■vi a­ fara inn ß billjard fyrr en hann hefur fengi­ ofan Ý sig volgan sopa."

Here, between AaalstrŠti 6 and 8, the soda-bar Adlon stood in the mid twentieth century. The bar, which only served non-alcoholic beverages, was frequented by young people and it is at the centre of the first Reykjavik novel depicting the life of teenagers in this growing city, Vogguvisa (Lullaby) by Elias Mar. The book was first published in 1950.

"The swinging guys' cafÚ, Adlon, a.k.a. Hungary, hunches between old wooden houses downtown, in a stuccoed-over hovel done up like a diner, with a lengthwise counter. The boy can't bring
Adlon Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 8, 2017
2. Adlon Marker - Wide View
himself to go shoot pool without first getting down a cup of lukewarm joe."

Erected by SÝminn.
Location. 64° 8.881′ N, 21° 56.514′ W. Marker is in Reykjavik, Capital Region H÷fu­borgarsvŠ­i. Marker is at the intersection of A­alstrŠti and VallarstrŠti, on the left when traveling north on A­alstrŠti. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: A­alstrŠti 6, Reykjavik, Capital Region H÷fu­borgarsvŠ­i 101, Iceland.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Grjˇgata 4 (within shouting distance of this marker); A­alstrŠti 2 - Ingˇlfsnaust (within shouting distance of this marker); The Settlement of ReykjavÝk (within shouting distance of this marker); Laufey Jakobsdˇttir (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Theodˇra Thoroddsen (about 90 meters away); Einar Benediktsson (about 90 meters away); T˙ngata 6 (about 120 meters away); VaktarabŠrinn (about 120 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Reykjavik.
Also see . . .  Adlon Bar (City of Literature). Adlon Bar, or Langibar as it was known in daily parlance, stood between A­alstrŠti 6 and 8, the old Morgunbla­i­ building and the theatre Fjalak÷tturinn, respectively. Langibar was a popular haunt for youngsters, earning it the playful
Adlon Marker: Inset Photo image. Click for full size.
3. Adlon Marker: Inset Photo
moniker of Ungverjaland – the Icelandic term for Hungary, which can also be read literally to mean “land of youngsters.” A prominent sign announcing the presence of a “Sodabar Fountaine” birthed an equally playful, if rather less-flattering title, Sˇdabarinn; in Icelandic, the sˇda- means “filthy.” The merchants Silli og Valdi, now almost mythological characters in the history of ReykjavÝk, opened the bar in 1946 and operated it until 1960, when an open sandwich restaurant took over the premises.
(Submitted on July 13, 2017.) 
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