Tech pioneer Nick DeWolf is best known for co-founding Teradyne, a Boston-based manufacturer of automatic test equipment for the semiconductor industry. But he was also an avid and accomplished photographer, taking thousands of pictures of the many places he visited and people he encountered.
After 11 years as CEO, DeWolf left Teradyne in 1971. That year he traveled to San Francisco, with his 35mm camera firmly in his grasp.
He took scores of street photos. The result was a visual time capsule of 1971 San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley. His lens caught the era’s wild hairstyles and fashions, which hadn’t quite thrown off the trappings of Summer of Love hippiedom, yet were still a few years away from leisure suits and high-rise platform heels.
While DeWolf did shoot tourist destinations like the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman’s Wharf, he also documented the seedier side of the Bay Area — strip clubs, Victorian buildings in decay and salvage yards piled with junked cars.
Some of his photos — like a view of Telegraph Hill from the long-gone Embarcadero Freeway — can never be duplicated.
A selection of Nick DeWolf’s photographs are reproduced in the above slideshow with the permission of his archivist and son-in-law Steve Lundeen. Lundeen is compiling a comprehensive archive of DeWolf’s photos on Flickr. More photos can be found there.