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PSPS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-11 11:05 PM
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Extraordinary colour photographs reveal 1940s life in the Big Apple in all its glory
How times have changed in New York City! Extraordinary colour photographs reveal 1940s life in the Big Apple in all its glory

- Photos by Indiana snapper Charles Weever Cushman in 1941 and 1942
- Expensive colour Kodachrome was used to take impressive collection
- Many buildings have since been demolished but some of them still stand

By Mark Duell

Its been 70 years since an Indiana photographer visited New York City and returned home with an amazing collection of holiday snaps.

But Charles Weever Cushmans pictures are even more impressive today, as they were taken on pricey colour Kodachrome and look far more recent than they actually are.

He went around the city taking photos of architecture such as the Brooklyn Bridge and other parts of the Manhattan skyline - and its hard to believe they were taken while World War Two was going on.



Daily life: This street seen from October 3, 1942, is just one from a huge collection by Charles W. Cushman

More at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2036932/New-Yor...
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elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-11 11:14 PM
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1. Thank you! My family was there!
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Hassin Bin Sober Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-11 11:15 PM
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2. k and r
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NYC_SKP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-11 11:15 PM
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3. Except for the cars and clothes, many neighborhoods look much the same.
Thanks for the post!

:kick:
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Withywindle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-11 11:19 PM
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5. that's just what I was thinking!
Edited on Wed Sep-14-11 11:20 PM by Withywindle
And with the quality of the film and the images, they really do look contemporary. These could be shots from a movie set in the 40s but filmed today.


I have my doubts about the caption on the one with the "homeless men," though. They're better dressed than almost anyone you see on the street today! (Or maybe I just think fedoras always look good)
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 05:23 PM
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28. i think everyone just dressed better then
they probably didn't buy as many clothes. but had a few pieces which were better quality.

it's not just homeless but everyone else is dressed better than most people would be today.
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jwirr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 11:18 PM
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44. More than likely their jobs prior to the depression required suits.
That was what they had. I know that for farmers it was just the opposite. They often came to church in coveralls.
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jaxx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-11 11:17 PM
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4. Wonderful pictures.
Thanks!
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MannyGoldstein Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-11 11:20 PM
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6. That really is extraordinary, thank you! nt
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leftstreet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-11 11:26 PM
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7. K&R
Thanks for posting this
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The Genealogist Donating Member (495 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-11 11:27 PM
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8. Thanks for sharing...great old photos
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Brigid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-11 11:35 PM
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9. Wow!
These pictures are just amazing!
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-11 11:37 PM
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10. I got a chuckle from the pic of the hot-dog stand.
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Beartracks Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 12:32 AM
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12. Like McSorley's, I wanted to see the comparison pic!
That same cart is still out there vending today. I'm sure of it!

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tech5270 Donating Member (75 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-14-11 11:39 PM
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11. Thanks for that, it's been a few years since I've been there
but it is amazing how little the street scenes have changed. McSorley's really does look much as it did in the day. I can remember pounding some of those streets with my niece and ex the last time I was there. Except for the fire escapes, vehicles and dress, it still looks much the same.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 12:46 AM
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13. Thanks for sharing
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Golden Raisin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 02:36 AM
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14. Nostalgic and fascinating.
One thing that jumps out is how much more formal and well-dressed the clothing was for men, women & children.
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Raine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 02:53 AM
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15. COOL ... THANKS so much! nt
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ProdigalJunkMail Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 05:26 AM
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16. Was just at McSorley's on Tuesday night
thanks for the pics...very nice find!

sP
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MinneapolisMatt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 05:58 AM
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17. Fantastic!
:toast:
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Broderick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 06:11 AM
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18. Neat!
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laruemtt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 06:15 AM
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19. Ma & Pa got hitched in
NYC in 1940 - thanks for posting these!
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ProdigalJunkMail Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 06:18 AM
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20. oddly I didn't a shot of the storefront for
Genco Olive Oil (Genco Pura)... ;-)

sP
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monmouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 09:35 AM
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21. The little girl crossing the street with her mother is now (hopefully)
in her early 70s....Just a perspective..
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Pooka Fey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 02:09 PM
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22. K&R
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whathehell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 02:32 PM
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23. GREAT Photos!...Thanks! n/t
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ceile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 02:45 PM
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24. Wow. K&R
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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 02:59 PM
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25. kick'd and rec'd
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treestar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 03:31 PM
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26. Beautiful!
Thank you. I picture that era in Black and White too much!
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hunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 03:58 PM
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27. I love the Cushman collection.
The guy got around, a mad obsession.

I've found quite a few pictures of places I remember that are now radically changed or gone.
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Gin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 05:50 PM
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29. really interesting....thank you for posting....new business idea
from the pics...sweet potato cart..
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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 08:25 PM
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30. Just think
That little girl in blue is probably over 70 years old now...
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Chorophyll Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 08:44 PM
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31. Thank you!
I'm New York born-and-raised (both parents from Brooklyn) but I've never seen color photos from the 40s. This really made me smile.
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DeSwiss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 08:59 PM
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32. Great find! Brings back memories of yesteryear. Thanks! - K&R n/t
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Jakes Progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 09:12 PM
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33. Cool. Thank you.
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bettyellen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 09:14 PM
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34. OMG-A PARKING SPACE!
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NBachers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 10:46 PM
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40. Best laugh of the day!
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 09:21 PM
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35. Luscious pics! nt
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nytemare Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 09:25 PM
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36. I almost expect to see Bogey smoking a cigarette.
Thanks for sharing!
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grahampuba Donating Member (72 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 09:30 PM
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37. Orchard and Delancy? nt
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fascisthunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 09:41 PM
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38. I LOVE looking at pictures of the past
old america.... just awesome!
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MrMickeysMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 10:21 PM
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39. I love that hot sweet potato vendor set up...
He's got it all, fire, stove, fresh produce... plus... the potatoes look healthy! I'd have gotten one.
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NBachers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 10:50 PM
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41. Thanks so much for posting this
Luscious Kodachrome- Thanks, Kodak

I love watching urban noir movies from this era- I'd love to step into that picture and buy one of those sweet potatoes.
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 10:54 PM
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42. Photography creates immortality
Edited on Thu Sep-15-11 10:54 PM by Blue_In_AK
preserving moments in time.
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1776Forever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 11:13 PM
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43. Wow look at the men in their suits and hats & ladies in dresses. A different world then. Thanks n/t
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TwilightGardener Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 11:27 PM
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46. Yes--that's what stood out for me too. Even the homeless men looked
decent and presentable. When I was a little girl, in the 70's, my mother and grandmothers would still dress up to go downtown. Times change, and not always for the better.
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TwilightGardener Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 11:22 PM
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45. Never been to NYC, but I am fascinated by photos of days gone by (in this case, my
grandparents' heyday). Thanks for posting.
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blackspade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-15-11 11:41 PM
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47. I wonder if we could return to 1940s energy consumption?
Great pics.

AN excellent historical resource.
I would live to see more 1940s-modern comparison shots!
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Art_from_Ark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-16-11 01:39 AM
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48. The picture of the sweet potato vendor particularly caught my attention
Sweet potato vendors in Japan still use a similar type of stove to bake their "yaki imo"-- and the stoves, with open flames, are often in the beds of Japanese-style pick-up trucks!
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Jennivell Donating Member (13 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-16-11 02:53 AM
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49. I can't believe they discontinued Kodachrome
The government should have stepped in and sponsored its continuation somehow, for purposes just like this one. Will there be any digital photos of present-day New York left in another 70 years?
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NYC Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-16-11 04:57 AM
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50. Fantastic photos! There is even more here:
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dionysus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-16-11 09:03 AM
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51. wow. really cool
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Evasporque Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-16-11 09:31 AM
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52. What a treat...somewhere are cans of 16mm film
From the same era of small town rural South Dakota from 40s-70s....

My mother had them and I told her repeatedly to take them to the historical society for preservation... I don't know if she ever did.

I remember watching some of the films as a child and seeing daily life in a small prairie town....
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