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1950s Norway: Fascinating Vintage Photos Show Cities, Towns, Landscapes And Everyday Life

After World War II, Norway joined NATO and underwent a period of reconstruction under public planning. Construction of new railroads, hydroelectricity plants, aluminum works, and a steel mill helped the country to recover. Oslo hosted the 1952 Winter Olympics. Throughout the 1950s, fishing and agriculture became more mechanized, while agricultural subsidies rose to the third-highest in the world. The heavy industry grew rapidly and Norway became Europe’s largest exporter of aluminum.

Here below are some stunning pictures of Norway from the 1950s that show cities, towns, landscapes, streets, and everyday life of people from different parts of the country.

#1 Fishing boats in the harbor at Bergen, 1951.

Fishing boats in the harbor at Bergen, 1951.

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#2 Entrance to the olympic village, Oslo, 1952.

Entrance to the olympic village, Oslo, 1952.

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#3 Fishermen haul in nets in the Ouiske Fjord, Norway, 1958.

Fishermen haul in nets in the Ouiske Fjord, Norway, 1958.

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#4 Lille Ovre Gaten in the Old Town section of Bergen, Norway, 1951.

Lille Ovre Gaten in the Old Town section of Bergen, Norway, 1951.

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#5 The Sogne District, Norway, 1950.

The Sogne District, Norway, 1950.

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#6 A peasant family loading a cart with hay, near the Hardangerfjord in South Western Norway, 1951.

A peasant family loading a cart with hay, near the Hardangerfjord in South Western Norway, 1951.

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#7 Princess Astrid with her Young Friends, Oslo, 1951.

Princess Astrid with her Young Friends, Oslo, 1951.

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#8 A monument to Knut Hamsun, Oslo, 1959.

A monument to Knut Hamsun, Oslo, 1959.

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#9 Norwegian Fishermen, 1959.

Norwegian Fishermen, 1959.

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#10 Winter Olympics 1952 Oslo Norway, 1952

Winter Olympics 1952 Oslo Norway, 1952

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#11 Crowds gather outside the cathedral for the wedding of Norwayan Princess Ragnhild, 1953.

Crowds gather outside the cathedral for the wedding of Norwayan Princess Ragnhild, 1953.

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#12 A view of Bergen, 1955

A view of Bergen, 1955

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#13 The Fyksesund bridge, which spans a branch of the Hardanger Fjord, carrying the highway from Oslo to Bergen, 1955.

The Fyksesund bridge, which spans a branch of the Hardanger Fjord, carrying the highway from Oslo to Bergen, 1955.

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#14 A stave church in Heddal, southern Norway, 1955.

A stave church in Heddal, southern Norway, 1955.

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#15 A ski lift in Lillehammer, southern Norway, 1954.

A ski lift in Lillehammer, southern Norway, 1954.

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#16 Homes in Stavanger, Norway, 1955.

Homes in Stavanger, Norway, 1955.

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#17 Nutritious seaweed (or ‘lava’) bread developed by German scientist Heinrich Lienau being delivered from a bakers in Flensburg, Norway.

Nutritious seaweed (or 'lava') bread developed by German scientist Heinrich Lienau being delivered from a bakers in Flensburg, Norway.

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#18 A small hamlet is reflected in the limpid waters of a Norwegian fjord, 1959.

A small hamlet is reflected in the limpid waters of a Norwegian fjord, 1959.

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#19 A street in Røros in Norway

A street in Røros in Norway

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#20 Gauldalen Valley in Norway

Gauldalen Valley in Norway

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#21 The Royal Palace in Oslo, with scaffolding

The Royal Palace in Oslo, with scaffolding

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#22 Dovrefjell Mountains in Norway. On the way from Dombås to Hjerkinn

Dovrefjell Mountains in Norway. On the way from Dombås to Hjerkinn

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#23 Kirkegata (Church street) in Levanger in Norway

Kirkegata (Church street) in Levanger in Norway

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#24 Ruins of Hamar medieval Cathedral in Norway

Ruins of Hamar medieval Cathedral in Norway

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  1. This is in Hamar, Norway. They now have the whole thing encased in a glass type structure for protection. I use to climb on that when I was a kid before the structure was built. This was about 2 to 3 miles from my grandmothers place. Where my mother grew up.

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#25 A Norwegian lumberyard in the province of Sogn, 1950.

A Norwegian lumberyard in the province of Sogn, 1950.

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#26 Monolith towering over Frogner Park, Oslo, 1954.

Monolith towering over Frogner Park, Oslo, 1954.

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#27 Norwegian anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl with a model of the balsa raft ‘Kon Tiki’, 1950.

Norwegian anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl with a model of the balsa raft 'Kon Tiki', 1950.

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#28 Lille Ovre Gaten in the Old Town section of Bergen, Norway, 1951.

Lille Ovre Gaten in the Old Town section of Bergen, Norway, 1951.

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#29 The giant ski-jump and large crowd at Holmenkolldagen, Oslo, Norway, 1950

The giant ski-jump and large crowd at Holmenkolldagen, Oslo, Norway, 1950

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#30 Employees of KPS and family members enjoying a game of bridge in one the recreation rooms at the factory where they work at Sarpsborg, 1951.

Employees of KPS and family members enjoying a game of bridge in one the recreation rooms at the factory where they work at Sarpsborg, 1951.

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#31 The Norwegian ski team, March 1950.

The Norwegian ski team, March 1950.

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#32 Departure of The Norwegian Boat Hillvag from Rouen for Greenland, 1951

Departure of The Norwegian Boat Hillvag from Rouen for Greenland, 1951

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#33 Norwegian singer, dancer and actress Greta Gynt, 1951.

Norwegian singer, dancer and actress Greta Gynt, 1951.

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#34 Holidaymakers sip cocktails aboard the SS Chusan cruise liner off the coast of Norway, July 1951.

Holidaymakers sip cocktails aboard the SS Chusan cruise liner off the coast of Norway, July 1951.

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#35 In the Bislett stadium, during the 500 meters of speed skating, the American Ken Henry, behind him the Canadian Craig MacKay, in Oslo, Norway in February 1952.

In the Bislett stadium, during the 500 meters of speed skating, the American Ken Henry, behind him the Canadian Craig MacKay, in Oslo, Norway in February 1952.

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#36 Horneby airport, servicing Norway’s capital city, Oslo, 1954.

Horneby airport, servicing Norway's capital city, Oslo, 1954.

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#37 A Norwegian ‘stabbur’ or storehouse for the storage of farmer’s victuals, 1954.

A Norwegian 'stabbur' or storehouse for the storage of farmer's victuals, 1954.

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#38 The seaplane port at Trondheim, in Norway, 1954.

The seaplane port at Trondheim, in Norway, 1954.

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#39 Steam locomotive at Oslo, Norway, 1954.

Steam locomotive at Oslo, Norway, 1954.

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#40 Electric and steam locomotives at Oslo, Norway, 1954.

Electric and steam locomotives at Oslo, Norway, 1954.

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#41 A fish market at the Inner Harbour at Bergen, 1955.

A fish market at the Inner Harbour at Bergen, 1955.

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#42 An old Lapp Woman displays wares in Lyngseidet, Norway, 1955.

An old Lapp Woman displays wares in Lyngseidet, Norway, 1955.

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#43 A fresh catch of cod fish waiting to be cleaned in Hammerfest, Norway, 1955.

A fresh catch of cod fish waiting to be cleaned in Hammerfest, Norway, 1955.

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#44 Traffic policeman in Oslo, Norway, 1955.

Traffic policeman in Oslo, Norway, 1955.

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#45 Open apartment windows during summertime heat in Oslo, Norway, 1955.

Open apartment windows during summertime heat in Oslo, Norway, 1955.

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#46 Fruit and Vegetable Market in Oslo, Norway, 1955.

Fruit and Vegetable Market in Oslo, Norway, 1955.

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#47 Saltpeter Factory in Norway, 1955

Saltpeter Factory in Norway, 1955

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#48 Queen Elizabeth during an official visit in Norway with King Haakon VII, 1955

Queen Elizabeth during an official visit in Norway with King Haakon VII, 1955

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#49 Crowds Gather for Louis Armstrong Show in Oslo, 1955.

Crowds Gather for Louis Armstrong Show in Oslo, 1955.

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#50 Main Street of this ressurected ghost town, cattle being driven through it, as in the olden days.

Main Street of this ressurected ghost town, cattle being driven through it, as in the olden days.

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#51 Oslo, Norway, 1957

Oslo, Norway, 1957

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#52 A Rover 1906 car is about to take the start of the Veteran car race in Hamar, Norway, 1957.

A Rover 1906 car is about to take the start of the Veteran car race in Hamar, Norway, 1957.

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#53 Shooting of the film “The Vikings”, Norway, July 1957.

Shooting of the film "The Vikings", Norway, July 1957.

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#54 The funeral of King Haakon VII of Norway is Oslo, 1957

The funeral of King Haakon VII of Norway is Oslo, 1957

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#55 At the funeral of King Haakon VII of Norway, 1957.

At the funeral of King Haakon VII of Norway, 1957.

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#56 City Hall, Oslo, 1958.

City Hall, Oslo, 1958.

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#57 Lilly, Carin and Gustaf viewing Kjølingefjell mountain in Norway

Lilly, Carin and Gustaf viewing Kjølingefjell mountain in Norway

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#58 Harbour of Trondheim in Norway

Harbour of Trondheim in Norway

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#59 Gudbrandsdalen Valley in Norway

Gudbrandsdalen Valley in Norway

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#60 The Royal Palace in Oslo, with scaffolding

The Royal Palace in Oslo, with scaffolding

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#61 Hotel Phoenix in Trondheim in Norway

Hotel Phoenix in Trondheim in Norway

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#62 Trondheim in Norway. View from the Cathedral

Trondheim in Norway. View from the Cathedral

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#63 Gustaf, Lilly and Carin viewing the harbour of Trondheim in Norway

Gustaf, Lilly and Carin viewing the harbour of Trondheim in Norway

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#64 An old stabbur on a farm in the mountain regions of Rjukan in Norway, 1950.

An old stabbur on a farm in the mountain regions of Rjukan in Norway, 1950.

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#65 People looking at a whale caught in 1950 in Norway

People looking at a whale caught in 1950 in Norway

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