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Black Jack in NYC

Black Jack in NYC

This is my grandfather, John J. Hennessy, also known as Black Jack. He's photographed just to the side of the GPO in New York City, probably in the late 50's or early 60's, note the Horn and Hardart Automat just behind him. He was quite the dapper figure, and this photo was likely taken by his partner in crime Dinny Lambert. They were both from Arklow in Co. Wicklow, Ireland, but had settled on the west side, what is now known as Chelsea, in Manhattan. This photo has generated many stories about Grandpa, and his banjo hat, seen in the photo, not to mention his pretty fantastic dress sense. We also have some amazing photos he took of his work on the subways he helped to build. I'll dig them out next. View full size.

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Great shot. My sister lives nearby. I will have to visit this spot and see how it looks next time I'm there. Thanks for sharing this.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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