New York City in Color: 10.1—10.7.1942

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These shots come to us courtesy of famed photographer Charles W. Cushman, who shot thousands of Kodachrome color photographs around the world from the 1930s through the 1960s. The Indiana University’s Digital Library Program own all the rights to these photographs, and we at The WallBreakers are very thankful for their willingness to share them with the world. We’ve focused on a particular New York trip of Cushman’s from October 1st through October 7th. Cushman’s week of photographs began on a Thursday.

 

What else was going on in the world that week?  On October 1st, The USS Grouper torpedoed Lisbon Maru not knowing she was carrying British PoWs from Hong Kong. That same day was also the first flight of the Bell XP-59 “Aircomet.” The following day, Ocean Liner RMS Queen Mary accidentally rammed and sank her own escort ship, the HMS Curacoa, off the coast of Ireland. On Saturday the 3rd, the first successful launch of a V-2 /A4-rocket happened from Test Stand VII at Peenemünde, Germany. It was the first man-made object to reach space.

 

Cushman’s photographs showcase a New York city filled with diverse humanity. They also show a world at War, and while “life as usual” is a policy we try to implement during times of great world conflict, rarely do we fully succeed. Take a look at the architecture, the fashion, the people and their faces. For some reason, retro color photography of New York city always feels appropriate to view right at the end of the year. It’s a good time for all of us to take stock in everything we were able to accomplish in 2015. No matter our shortcomings, we fill our lives with many truly great moments of action. 

 

 

Airing the Bedroom on a Sunday

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Angelos

Angelos-THEN

 

A Brother and Sister

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Boy Meets Girl

Boy-meets-girl-THEN

 

Broome Street and Baruch Place

Broome-Baruch2-THEN

 

The Canyon of Broadway (Heros)

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Chinese Store Windows

Chinese-Store-Windows-THEN

 

Collecting “Savage”

Collecting-Salvage-THEN

 

A Crowd Gathers

Crowd-Gathers-THEN

 

De Peyster Statue on Bowling Green 1

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De Peyster 2

de-Peyster-THEN2

 

The Empire State Building from 28th Street

Empire-State-Bld-THEN

 

Fourth (Park) Avenue Then – Cooper Union

Fourth-Ave-THEN

 

Lewis Street, North of Delancey

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McSorley’s Old Ale House 1 (Still in business in the same location today)

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McSorley’s 2

McSorleys2-THEN

 

The Municipal Building from Park Row

Muni-from-Park-Row-THEN

 

The Municipal Building Towers

Muni-Towers-THEN

 

Northwest Corner of Delancey and Lewis

NW-Corner-Delancy-and-Lewis-THEN

 

An Old lady reads her papers

Old-Lady-Then

 

Pearl Street

Pearl-St-THEN

 

Kids play in doorways

Poverty-THEN

 

The Produce Exchange Building (demolished 1957)

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Trinity Church Spire

Spire-of-Trinity-THEN

 

The Standard Oil Building

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Store Fronts

Store-Fronts-THEN

 

Chinatown

Street-in-Chinatown-THEN

 

Two Kids

Two-Kids-THEN

 

Little Girls

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People on the street

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Looking east from The Battery

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Looking up Pearl Street

View-up-Pearl-THEN

 

The West side of Bowling Green

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A White house

White-House-Front-THEN

 

[Special thanks to Dino]

 

 

This is an expanded version of an article originally published on 12.20.2013

  • evan

    Nice photos. The photo you have labeled “Parsons” at Fourth Ave is actually The Cooper Union For the Advancement of Science and Art, for the record.

  • Xavier Trevino

    Great pics. I used to drink at McSorley’s after Fillmore East concerts when I was in High School.