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Career Girl: 1956

Career Girl: 1956

1956. "New York. 21-year-old Mary Cumming, a secretary in offices of designer Raymond Loewy." Who'll be first to locate this intersection? Photo by Phillip Harrington for the Look magazine assignment "Career Girl." View full size.

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New York's red/green traffic lights

Fun2BeMe, by the time you moved to CA in '53, most places outside NYC had the amber light between red and green, and, in fact, it was right about then when NYC finally started to phase in the amber. It took NYC about 40 years to finally replace all of the red-green lights with red-amber-green ones. I am uploading with this reply a picture of an old NYC red-green signal with an even older NYC street sign that I own.

Art Deco Building

The building to the right of the Career Girl is the old General Electric Building designed in 1931 by the architectural firm of Cross and Cross. It is currently known as 570 Lexington Avenue.

Women's attire

This was just 59 yrs. ago but I don't see even one lady wearing slacks, shorts or jeans. In fact, it even looks like none of the men are wearing jeans. Of course I prefer the comfort of "easy casual" too, but isn't it interesting to see how times have changed?

Beyond Van Alen

Where is the Chrysler Building?

[There. -tterrace]

Bev & Ben

The Beverly Hotel is now known as Benjamin Hotel.

Banker's Hours

I don't miss banker's hours - 9 AM to 3 PM Monday to Friday and Friday from 4 PM to 6 PM.

Red/Green traffic lights

I was amazed when we moved from New York to California in 1953 to find they had inserted a yellow light between the red and green - and they also had lots of writing on the streets - like PED XING.

[I remember seeing San Francisco's unique Wiley "birdcage" two-color signals up through the 1950s; a bell rang at each change. The last one was removed about 1958. -tterrace]

Checker A8

The left-most vehicle, thought of as the classic New York taxicab for decades. This one must have been one of the first, if this is 1955, as they were introduced late that year.

Childs Restaurant

'The Nation's Host From Coast to Coast Since 1896'.

J. Pierpont Finch

With the cigarette. I believe in him.


East 51st and Lexington?

[You got it. -tterrace]

Photobomb 1.0

The young guy with the Cig is stealing her limelight.

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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