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Times Square: 1935

Times Square: 1935

New York, 1935. "Times Square -- The Rialto, Seventh Avenue, Broadway south from W. 46th Street, N.Y. Times building, Paramount Theatre." Gelatin silver print. View full size.

 

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Sophie Tucker lives on, in a way.

I wasn't aware of the vaudeville star until I saw her name on the marquee in this picture, but her name rang an immediate bell for a completely different reason: In modern electronic/dance pop music, there is a current duo which bills itself as "SOFI TUKKER" (caps theirs). While they may well have been influenced by the vaudeville star to adopt this name, it seems an obvious choice, as the pair are actually named Sophie and Tucker.

Something I found interesting: The band has been doing a livestream performance every day since the pandemic started; their Instagram currently has them at Day 240.

How Old Do You Have to Be?

To the right in the photo can be seen a movie marquee touting the major Fred Astair/Ginger Rogers musical "Gay Divorcee." How old do you have to be to know instantly that this title does not refer to the leading lady's sexual orientation?

Crossroads no more

Times Square, before Mayor Bloomberg put picnic tables in the Crossroads of the World.

This one is very busy.

In an awesome way. Signage freaks are no doubt,in full seizure mode over this. Even at the height (ostensibly) of the Great Depression, everyone looks like they can spare a dime. Does anyone know where I can buy an apple? Anyone!

Suit fabriigue

There are two men at the bottom of the picture, going away from the camera, one center and one on the grating. They seem to be wearing suits with a wild pattern or is it the film starting to degrade? None of the area around them seems to show the same effects is why I'm asking.

[There is no film; this is a print -- a scuffed print. And: "fabriigue"?? - Dave]

A few years later

Does the taxi in the 1935 image have some extremely sturdy winter tires?

Loew's State, The Glass Key, Sophie Tucker

The theater with the big VAUDEVILLE sign is Loew's State; the columned building above is headquarters of Loew's Theatres Incorporated; just across 45th Street is Loew's New York Theatre.

Loew's State featured both films and vaudeville acts, continuing this format until 1947.

"The Glass Key" billed here is the first of two Paramount adaptations of Dashiell Hammett's 1930 crime novel. The better-known version, with Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake, came just seven years later.

Sophie Tucker was known as "The Last of the Red-Hot Mamas." Despite the large sign above, the marquee's billing of Tucker below the movie indicates the swift decline of vaudeville in the 1930s. I watched Tucker on the Ed Sullivan Show in the mid-1960s; she was memorable.

Wow

See title of comment. Enough said.

Proto Tesla Truck

Looks like a Walker Electric truck to the left bottom. In my Youth there was one at a local railroad attraction here in Massachusetts. UPS and many other "Express" city delivery companies used these vehicles long before the current trend to Electrics.

No Fear of Heights

The photo shows Edwin Howard Armstrong, inventor of FM radio, standing on the WJZ transmitter tower, high above Times Square, in 1923.

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