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New York-Idlewild to Stockholm-Arlanda c. May 1959

Jan 21st, 2012 | Categories: Flickr Find, Photography | by Michael Williams

Nick DeWolf spent nearly his entire life carrying around a camera and documenting the places he went and the things he saw. The scale and scope of this is incredible, especially when you consider it was all done in a time before digital photography. Over the past four years I have been following his life, roll by roll and slide by slide, through Flickr. The photos are being shared with the help of DeWolf’s son-in-law Steve Lundeen, who has been methodically scanning and cataloging DeWolf’s life’s worth of photos — a project nearly as daunting as the original.

The photos have been working their way through the 1960s into the 1970s until recently when pictures from a vacation to Europe in 1959 began playing out through the Flickrstream. The trip begins in May of 1959 on an SAS flight from Idlewild Airport (now called John F. Kennedy International Airport) to Stockholm, Sweden. From there the adventures continue on through France, Switzerland and Italy. The images from this journey are some of my favorite from the tens of thousands that have been published by DeWolf.

View the entire photo collection by Nick DeWolf here.

Comments: 22

22 Comments to “New York-Idlewild to Stockholm-Arlanda c. May 1959”

  1. Winthrop
    on Jan 21st, 2012
    @ 3:41 PM

    These. Are. Amazing. Wow.

  2. Les
    on Jan 21st, 2012
    @ 4:08 PM

    Loving this……

  3. David McCarty
    on Jan 21st, 2012
    @ 4:11 PM


  4. Tom
    on Jan 21st, 2012
    @ 5:52 PM

    Oh. I stop taking photographs now. I hate today, pics from 1960s show a better place; okay, nicer-looking place…

  5. Scott Gamble
    on Jan 21st, 2012
    @ 5:54 PM

    Great photography. That period of time was my favorite for travel, fashion, the look of the landscape and towns/cities (both in the US and abroad). I love images from then. Thanks for digging these up and publishing them.

  6. Smith & Ratliff
    on Jan 21st, 2012
    @ 6:43 PM


  7. Ramalhoni
    on Jan 22nd, 2012
    @ 6:14 AM

    Amazing pics!.. They’re so crisp!…
    I just bought a chair that looks like the ones on the 3rd pics. Very cool!

  8. LucasOman
    on Jan 22nd, 2012
    @ 9:43 AM

    Interesting that he was also an MIT grad and the CEO of a huge electronics company at the time. He was obviously talented and intelligent. Perhaps his mind for engineering explains why his photos favor objects over people.

  9. vaughn
    on Jan 22nd, 2012
    @ 10:26 AM

    really beautiful.

  10. JD
    on Jan 22nd, 2012
    @ 3:24 PM

    Amazing! The only genuine luxury in money is the freedom to travel.

  11. JFPisa
    on Jan 22nd, 2012
    @ 7:18 PM

    Utterly amazing. Love the black and white.

    A simpler time, a more beautiful time.

  12. Minus Manhattan
    on Jan 22nd, 2012
    @ 10:07 PM

    So fantastic, thank you for sharing.

  13. Brian
    on Jan 23rd, 2012
    @ 8:46 AM

    Do you know what type of camera/lens he used. These pics are amazingly crisp even in low light situations. The shot of the airplane engine/prop in motion is amazing.

  14. ed
    on Jan 23rd, 2012
    @ 11:33 AM

    Cardigans for manual labour?

  15. Jeff
    on Jan 23rd, 2012
    @ 1:23 PM

    Beautiful clothing- everyone looked better! Short pants on the children pushing the cart because they’re children.

  16. Alice Olive
    on Jan 24th, 2012
    @ 1:37 PM

    What an eye! Thanks for sharing.

  17. Mathias
    on Jan 25th, 2012
    @ 8:47 AM

    Beautiful photography, but it must be Bromma Airport, Alanda was inaugurated in 1962.

  18. great zamboni
    on Jan 27th, 2012
    @ 4:18 PM

    Man, even those working stiffs on the road, did you catch how well they were dressed? no flourescent orange..-zamboni

  19. Erik G.
    on Jan 28th, 2012
    @ 4:22 AM

    While Nick does go through Stockholm on this trip, I think Steve agrees with me that this was a flight from New York to Copenhagen.

  20. Erin C.
    on Feb 5th, 2012
    @ 8:54 PM

    Love these photos. There’s one in his collection called “149 diner” that’s amazing.

  21. Andy
    on Feb 10th, 2012
    @ 11:27 AM

    My favorite Nick DeWolf photos are from 1957-59 when he travelled to NYC by train and shot the interior of the now demolished Penn Station.

  22. Davide
    on Feb 19th, 2012
    @ 5:16 AM

    Thank you for surfacing them. These are really beautiful