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See Mid-Century New York City in These Extraordinary Color Photographs

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.

“Three bums from South Ferry flophouses. At Battery Park N.Y.C. 1941.” Via/ Flickr

Whitehall street from Peter Minuit Plaza near Battery NYC

“Whitehall Street from Peter Minuit Plaza near Battery NYC 1960.” Via/ Flickr

Residents of lower Clinton St near East River Saturday afternoon

“Residents of lower Clinton St near East River Saturday afternoon 1941.” Via/ Flickr

Portable soft drink stand at Bowling Green

“Portable soft drink stand at Bowling Green 1942.” Via/ Flickr

City Hall Square from Park Row

“City Hall Square from Park Row 1960.” Via/ Flickr

Street in New York's Chinatown

“Street in New York’s Chinatown 1942.” Via/ Flickr

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