Taken between 1941 and 1960, these rare color photos offer a look into what life was like in mid-century New York City. From the men in suits to the cars with fins, these street scenes are one of a kind. It’s not often we get to view such great images in color from that early. The pioneering photographer, Charles Weever Cushman was a skilled photographer who was prolific with his snapshots of people on the street. He managed to capture insights into their lives with what appears to be no staging whatsoever. Have a look below at these wonderful photos (with original captions) below.
“Three bums from South Ferry flophouses. At Battery Park N.Y.C. 1941.” Via/ Flickr
“Whitehall Street from Peter Minuit Plaza near Battery NYC 1960.” Via/ Flickr
“Residents of lower Clinton St near East River Saturday afternoon 1941.” Via/ Flickr
“Portable soft drink stand at Bowling Green 1942.” Via/ Flickr
“City Hall Square from Park Row 1960.” Via/ Flickr
“Street in New York’s Chinatown 1942.” Via/ Flickr
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