National Geographic : 1964 Feb
KODACHROMEBY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHICPHOTOGRAPHERWINFIELD PARKS brimming with early harvest. Electrically powered factories stood neat and smokeless. And directly beneath us, the famous motor ways were busy with traffic, keeping left in the British manner and traveling at speeds of perhaps 80 miles an hour. Stockholm today is one of the world's most beautiful cities. In this "northern Venice," stately buildings cast their reflections in the Baltic; the waterfront is remarkably clean. "It has not always been this way," Prime Minister Tage Erlander told Mrs. Johnson. "A century ago, Stockholm was one of the dirtiest cities in Europe." One afternoon my wife and daughter went shopping. Lynda Bird, who plans a wedding in 1964, returned to the hotel with some sou venirs-and great enthusiasm for Sweden's furniture, ceramics, and glass. From the same tour of Stockholm, Mrs. Johnson brought back a new use for an old word: friendly. "If a chair supports your back nicely, Swedes call it a friendly chair," she reported. I like that expression: Swedish friendliness 273 N.G.S.