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Queens View Market: 1948

Queens View Market: 1948

New York circa 1948. "Queens View Food Market, 34th Avenue." Just in time for the Grand Opening! 4x5 acetate negative by John M. Fox. View full size.

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'46 Buick. '42 Chrysler

The 1946 Buick is a Super Sedanet, the 1942 Chrysler looks like a two-door Brougham, or as the brochure said: "The Beautiful Chrysler Sedans … big … powerful … luxurious family cars."

Close To Home

I was born the year this photo was taken, not too far from here (24-20 32nd Street, Astoria, Queens).

There were many shopping areas frequented by my mom and grandmother closer to home: Ditmars Blvd, Steinway Street, and Astoria Blvd. They all had small neighborhood shops very much like this one. I remember that each type of store had its own distinctive aroma: butcher shops, bakeries, green-grocers etc.

Only one that I remember still survives: LaGuli Pastry Shop on Ditmars Blvd.

Any Astoria/Queens Shorpy fans out there will definitely know this place.



My mother would leave me outside in my carriage while inside the grocery store. I was old enough to start sitting up on my own.

One day a friend came into the store, said hi to my mother mentioning to her that I was outside and had found the bag she had gotten from the bakery across the street. All 8 or 9 months of me had found the cinnamon buns, had one in each hand having a great feed.

I loved that bakery's smell during my childhood. I also loved their cinnamon buns too. There were always babies outside stores unattended. It simply was never a problem or concern.

By the way, this was in the largest city in Canada at the time: Montreal!

We grew up to be "free range" kids.

If You're Gonna Have a View

... it might as well be one of Queens.

Trust notwithstanding

On the other hand, a chain link fence is deemed necessary to protect the apartment building's minuscule green space.

Congratulations, it's twins!

The building in the background is a mirror image.

I think I found it


Amazing how many left their infants in the streets while they were inside shopping. Talk about trust.

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