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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • PAN AMERICAN TO GUATEMALA, 1938

Crossing Seventh: 1938

Crossing Seventh: 1938

Summer 1938. "New York street scene, Seventh Avenue at West 125th." Fast-forward to 2013 and the Triborough Bridge sign would read "Robert F. Kennedy Bridge"; Seventh Avenue is now Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard; W. 125th Street is also known as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Photo by Jack Allison for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

That suit

Would cost you $1,000 or more today. Timelessness gets expensive.

Timeless tailoring

The man in the middle holding his hat. This is a perfect suit and fits him perfectly. He looks pretty confident. He'll never be out of style.

Not the same, somehow

Can't quite match the perspective.

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The old name lives on

The city's decision several years ago to rename the Triborough (usually spelled Triboro) Bridge the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge was highly controversial. Many people thought it odd that the city was honoring someone who had been dead for 40 years by that point. Mostly, though, the major complaint was that the Triboro Bridge was too good a name to lose, as the bridge actually does connect three boroughs. Despite the official name most people continue to say Triboro Bridge and there's no sign of that changing anytime soon.

Note: almost all the buildings shown in this photo were demolished in the late 1960's for the Adam Clayton Powell Harlem State Office Building.

Vim & Vigor

Vim was a 60 store Radio, TV and Appliance chain that was in business in the NYC area from 1927 to 1967. Some of the storefronts had large Vertical signs. An enterprising Jeans Merchant rented a few of the shuttered shops, kept the signage of the former tenants, called his company V.I.M. and to this day seems to be prospering.

Credit where credit is due

Most everywhere, it seems.

 
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