Category: Modern city streets

First Avenue from Peter Cooper Village

Gritty, dark and glinting. This June 1960 snap of First Avenue New York was taken from the window of an apartment in Peter Cooper Village. Although we don’t see the residential complex in this pic, its worth reading about. Peter Cooper Village (and Stuyvesant Town) are huge red brick residential complexes on the east side of Read More

Car Breakdown

Belgium or Holland, 1970’s. With a little speculation I can figure out what is happening in this scene. The 3 old people were driving past Der Vliegend Tapijt (The Flying Carpet) restaurant when their blue car broke down. Now it’s up on a jack and someone is fixing it but, oh dear, its going to Read More

Strangers in Paradise Mardi Gras

Another pic from the Mardi Gras street parade in 1959 (see previous post). I love how a bit of research helps one to connect with an image. This shows the ‘Strangers In Paradise’ float, named after the popular song, ‘Stranger In Paradise’. This romantic song is from the Hollywood film ‘Kismet’ of 1955, and the Read More

Freeways of Los Angeles

This image, shot in 1962, is a firm favorite. I plan to print it in the largest possible size. Its proof that the subject can be conveyed just as well, and sometimes better when out of focus, and that composition doesn’t require sharpness. Although I liked the washed blue of the original, I do find Read More

4th Avenue NYC

There’s a dramatic but relaxed look to this late fifties street scene. As soon as they perfect time travel I’m going there to get me that little red and yellow car. This slide from 1958 was in near perfect condition. Before and after. Click for big. Read More