Mostly vintage (up through 1980s) New York.

18th April 2014

Photo with 139 notes

Growing up in the Lower East Side in the 1950s

"Walking to school each day, I passed the Italian butcher shop, carcasses hanging in the window, and the fish monger, the dead bodies of fish, heads and tails intact staring up at me from their bed of ice … The Italian grocer on the corner, narrow and dark, redolent of those smells only an Italian grocery has: Parmesan cheese, olives, prosciutto and more …"

" … the bodega where the Puerto Rican owner spoke no English and I stood with a nickel or dime in my grimy hand working hard to choose penny-candy from the glass case … Dots (those pastel half-circles of sugar pasted on a long strip of white paper), Smarties, miniature wax Coke bottles filled with dark syrup, red wax lips, candy cigarettes, Necco Wafers …"

"The Italian ice place next-door [sold] lemon ices, smooth and tart, … served in a pleated paper cup. You’d squish it to get the ices to come up where they could be licked…"

Dammit, Billie Frank, you have my childhood and I want it back.

Growing up in the Lower East Side in the 1950s

"Walking to school each day, I passed the Italian butcher shop, carcasses hanging in the window, and the fish monger, the dead bodies of fish, heads and tails intact staring up at me from their bed of ice … The Italian grocer on the corner, narrow and dark, redolent of those smells only an Italian grocery has: Parmesan cheese, olives, prosciutto and more …"

" … the bodega where the Puerto Rican owner spoke no English and I stood with a nickel or dime in my grimy hand working hard to choose penny-candy from the glass case … Dots (those pastel half-circles of sugar pasted on a long strip of white paper), Smarties, miniature wax Coke bottles filled with dark syrup, red wax lips, candy cigarettes, Necco Wafers …"

"The Italian ice place next-door [sold] lemon ices, smooth and tart, … served in a pleated paper cup. You’d squish it to get the ices to come up where they could be licked…"

Dammit, Billie Frank, you have my childhood and I want it back.

Tagged: new york cityold new york1950smanhattanlower east side

17th April 2014

Photo reblogged from Bygone Americana with 116 notes

bygoneamericana:

New York City, 1950.
By Elliott Erwitt

bygoneamericana:

New York City, 1950.

By Elliott Erwitt

Tagged: 1950s

16th April 2014

Photo reblogged from SAVAGE AMERICA with 1,965 notes

vintagegal:

Gun 1, New York, 1955 photographed by William Klein (x)
“… This seems to be considered my key image… It’s fake violence, a parody. I asked the boy to point the gun at me and then look tough. He did, and then we both laughed… [I see it] as a double self-portrait. I was both the street kid trying to look tough, and the timid, good little boy on the right.”

vintagegal:

Gun 1, New York, 1955 photographed by William Klein (x)

“… This seems to be considered my key image… It’s fake violence, a parody. I asked the boy to point the gun at me and then look tough. He did, and then we both laughed… [I see it] as a double self-portrait. I was both the street kid trying to look tough, and the timid, good little boy on the right.”

Tagged: 1950s

Source: vintagegal

15th April 2014

Photo reblogged from Bygone Americana with 203 notes

bygoneamericana:

Immigrants arriving in the US. New York, 1955.
By Michael Rougier

bygoneamericana:

Immigrants arriving in the US. New York, 1955.

By Michael Rougier

Tagged: 1950s

15th April 2014

Photo reblogged from ffactory with 483 notes

indypendenthistory:

N. Jay Jaffee, Kishke King (1953)

indypendenthistory:

N. Jay Jaffee, Kishke King (1953)

Tagged: 1950s

Source: indypendenthistory

14th April 2014

Photo reblogged from Bygone Americana with 890 notes

bygoneamericana:

Central Park, 1955.
By Sid Kaplan

bygoneamericana:

Central Park, 1955.

By Sid Kaplan

Tagged: 1950s

14th April 2014

Photo reblogged from Bygone Americana with 1,601 notes

bygoneamericana:

Screaming on the Cyclone, Coney Island, 1955.
By Harold Feinstein

bygoneamericana:

Screaming on the Cyclone, Coney Island, 1955.

By Harold Feinstein

Tagged: 1950s

14th April 2014

Photo with 207 notes

1959 Brooklyn gang series, by Bruce Davidson

1959 Brooklyn gang series, by Bruce Davidson

Tagged: 1950sbruce davidsonbrooklyngangnew york city

14th April 2014

Photo with 90 notes

From the 1959 Brooklyn gang series, by Bruce Davidson

From the 1959 Brooklyn gang series, by Bruce Davidson

Tagged: 1950sbruce davidsonbrooklyngangnew york city

13th April 2014

Photo with 147 notes

From the 1959 Brooklyn gang series, by Bruce Davidson

From the 1959 Brooklyn gang series, by Bruce Davidson

Tagged: 1950sbruce davidsonbrooklyngangnew york city