Sunday, November 16, 2014

New York Times building, 1906


Times Square before it was Times Square. Astor Hotel in the far right distance. The Metropole Cafe  name lasted into the 1960s, although no doubt with different owners and purposes. As far as I can tell, the ad for Proctors above the Metropole (which might have been a small hotel at this time) is for a restaurant. This postcard has lines of red glitter glued to the front of the Times and Astor buildings, and the Metropole building, too.

Made in Germany, A.C. Bosselman & Co., New York.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Friday, October 31, 2014

Polly Pratt Gives a Hallowe'en Party, 1920


Good Housekeeping magazine, Oct. 1920. Artist: Sheila Young.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Clover Leaf by Charles James, 1953


Can you imagine a paper doll wardrobe filled with Charles James evening gowns? 

Stay tuned. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

238 Humboldt Street, ca. 1915



The address is scrawled on the back. Date is a wild guess. 238 Humboldt Street is in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The brick building is long gone; Google street view shows a newer development. 

These boys are something else. Old photographs usually show children with dour looks, perhaps from having to pose for so long. This picture is alive with personality, and one can imagine the boys running off to their street games as soon as the photographer was done.