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Windows on the World: 1938

Windows on the World: 1938

New York, 1938. "A scene on East 62nd Street." Where Camels agree! Photo by Sheldon Dick for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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Great picture

This picture has all of the earmarks of an Alfred Hitchcock movie! Intrigue, mystery romance, loneliness and suspense. Rear Window, maybe?

Mooners Over Manhattan

Ralph, Alice, Ed and Trixie would probably take umbrage at these comments. They lived at 328 Chauncey Street, in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn. East 63rd Street in Manhattan is a world away from Brooklyn, especially in the days of the Honeymooners.

Rug or rag?

Someone must do a lot of floor pacing.

Pictures I love

These are the Shorpy pictures I really appreciate. 13 people in view, each with their own story. Then you LOOK at the surroundings -- and even more stories. The car. The cart. The cat in the window. The laundry hanging out to dry.

Scared Me

When I first saw this picture I noticed what appears to be legs dangling from the back of the cart. It reminded me of a Monty Python sketch during the Black Plague where the ones hauling the cart are chanting, "Bring out your dead, Bring out your dead." I had to look two or three times and finally decided that the legs belong to the lady in the black hat behind the cart. It still looks weird to me.

A/C Then and Now

Then - open your windows. If you're lucky, turn on an electric fan.
Now - turn on the air conditioner.

For a similar view, check out this photo by Virginia Vivian Maier. She documented street life in New York in the 1950s. You can read the incredible story of her life and view more photos here.

Details

I see a young Babe Ruth, woman being attacked by a cat, huge turkey on a cart, wet street with dry sidewalk, and a naked boy shooting dice.

Pensive Women

Two ladies (?) at the windows with all but identical poses.

Gentrification

Have things changed a great deal on E. 62nd in the Big Apple? Let's just say you would be hard pressed to find the kind of crowd seen above and any more of the cold water walkup flats that Ralph and Alice Kramden would have felt at home in.

Bang! Zoom!

Looks like Ralph and Alice Kramden could have lived here.

314 East 62nd Street

Still there today. The store, although next door, is 304 East 62nd.

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