Vintage: 1958 Blizzard in New York

Vintage: 1958 Blizzard in New York


After four days of snowfall, LIFE reported: “Traffic, business and mail had come to a standstill. Police were running milk to snowbound families. In the big digout that followed, the price of snow shovels skyrocketed and the mayor took to dog sled and team to get around town.” The magazine dispatched photographer Carl Mydans to capture the scene.

Scene from a snow storm in Oswego, New York, in December 1958, that dropped over 6 feet of snow.

Scene from a snow storm in Oswego, New York, in December 1958, that dropped over 6 feet of snow. Carl Mydans—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

Residents of Oswego, New York, walk in the streets downtown after the storm.

Residents of Oswego, New York, walk in the streets downtown after the storm. Carl Mydans—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

 Oswegians walk down a street in December 1958. Behind them, the snow nearly reaches the top of a stop sign.

Oswegians walk down a street in December 1958. Behind them, the snow nearly reaches the top of a stop sign. Carl Mydans—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

 A local barber shop peeks out from behind six feet of snow.

A local barber shop peeks out from behind six feet of snow. Carl Mydans—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

Oswego residents remove snow from a rooftop.

Oswego residents remove snow from a rooftop. Carl Mydans—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

 Streets are impassable after a snowburst dropped six feet of snow.

Streets are impassable after a snowburst dropped six feet of snow. Carl Mydans—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

 Along with several feet of snow, gigantic icicles form at a local store.

Along with several feet of snow, gigantic icicles form at a local store. Carl Mydans—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

 Men attempt to dig out a buried car.

Men attempt to dig out a buried car. Carl Mydans—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

 Parking meters peek out from within a snowbank in Oswego, New York, 1958.

Parking meters peek out from within a snowbank in Oswego, New York, 1958. Carl Mydans—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

 An ambulance in Oswego, New York, 1958.

An ambulance in Oswego, New York, 1958. Carl Mydans—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

 A handmade sign advertising shovels is partially obscured by snow.

A handmade sign advertising shovels is partially obscured by snow. Carl Mydans—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

 A view of Oswego from above, December 1958.

A view of Oswego from above, December 1958. Carl Mydans—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

 People walk in the streets after a storm dumped six feet of snow on Oswego, New York.

People walk in the streets after a storm dumped six feet of snow on Oswego, New York. Carl Mydans—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

 A car with several feet of snow on it drives down the street as a dog scurries out of the way.

A car with several feet of snow on it drives down the street as a dog scurries out of the way. Carl Mydans—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

Snow-covered trees provide a canopy for this Oswego street, December 1958.

Snow-covered trees provide a canopy for this Oswego street, December 1958. Carl Mydans—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images


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