Mostly vintage (up through 1980s) New York.

18th April 2014

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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.

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14th April 2014

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1959 Brooklyn gang series, by Bruce Davidson

1959 Brooklyn gang series, by Bruce Davidson

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14th April 2014

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From the 1959 Brooklyn gang series, by Bruce Davidson

From the 1959 Brooklyn gang series, by Bruce Davidson

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13th April 2014

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From the 1959 Brooklyn gang series, by Bruce Davidson

From the 1959 Brooklyn gang series, by Bruce Davidson

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13th April 2014

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From the 1959 Brooklyn gang series, by Bruce Davidson

From the 1959 Brooklyn gang series, by Bruce Davidson

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12th April 2014

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The Astrotarium: a portable planetarium, featured at Abraham & Straus Department Store, 1959 (via shorpy.com)

The Astrotarium: a portable planetarium, featured at Abraham & Straus Department Store, 1959 (via shorpy.com)

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12th April 2014

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From the 1959 Brooklyn gang series, by Bruce Davidson

From the 1959 Brooklyn gang series, by Bruce Davidson

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12th April 2014

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Nov. 21, 1950. “Cellulose Sales Co., 250 Park Avenue, New York. Accounting office.” … Large-format acetate negative by Samuel H. Gottscho. (via shorpy.com)

Nov. 21, 1950. “Cellulose Sales Co., 250 Park Avenue, New York. Accounting office.” … Large-format acetate negative by Samuel H. Gottscho. (via shorpy.com)

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10th April 2014

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1959 Brooklyn gang series, by Bruce Davidson

1959 Brooklyn gang series, by Bruce Davidson

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10th April 2014

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Brooklyn gang at Coney Island, 1959, by Bruce Davidson

Brooklyn gang at Coney Island, 1959, by Bruce Davidson

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