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Seventh Avenue: 1936

Seventh Avenue: 1936

New York, November 1936. "Street scene at 38th Street and Seventh Avenue." View full size. 35mm negative by Russell Lee -- Resettlement Administration.


498 Seventh Avenue

Me too. I worked there during the fifties after school and during the summer. Kirt Shadoff was my uncle and Henry's brother-in-law. Tell me more.

-- Arnold

My Uncle also...

I worked for him and also lived with him at 80 Park Avenue and 50 Sutton Place and married one of his models.

Uncle Henry

My uncle Henry Rosenfeld had a dress manufacturing company at 498 Seventh Avenue, between 36th and 37th streets (just a block away from this photo). I worked summers there in the mid 1950s while in high school.

Nothing to Fear

Frank E. Roosevelt says things are gonna get better.

-- Addie Pray, "Paper Moon"

The guy in the middle

reminds me of Al Pacino. He's all attitude.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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