We love the voyeuristic thrill of these photos by Gentle Giant that ran on the Retronaut website and reveal a vibrant, thriving, bustling New York in 1971 that looks vaguely similar to the New York that I experienced between 2006 and 2011. Minus the beehive hairdoes, flares, and the big red phone booths, of course.
Known for being a hotbed of left wing intellectualism and (cough cough) radicalism, Berkeley in the 70s would have been a most interesting place to explore. Hippies, musicians, stoners, poets, boilermakers, you name it, they were all there, as these revealing shots by Lance V. Nix off the Retronaut site suggest.
They say you should never cross a black cat. Well, anyone who happened to stumble upon this scene in Hollywood, 1961, was in for one hell of a fright, or thirty. Yup, there’s more black cats here than you can poke a leash at. But interesting is the age range of the pets’ owners. Hard to imagine a comparative scene these days. [Photos via LIFE and Retronaut]
Man, I miss living in New York. I miss the energy, the vibrancy, the overwhelming scale of it all. There is no other place on earth quite like it, and by the looks of these shot off the Retronaut website, not much has changed in the city over the past 72 year. Awe-inspiring now, just as it was back then.
Having ridden the New York subway system for five years, it seems the only real perils these days are rats, panhandlers, and being taken out by an errant cross kick from an energetic breakdancer. These photos from the How To Be A Retronaut blog are a wonderful reminder of a more colourful and edgy New York that is (perhaps sadly?) long since passed.
As a five year resident of New York, I often wonder about the changing face of the city and how much of the character has been stripped away. This atmospheric series of photos from the How To Be A Retronaut website have me pining for a less sanitised New York, when the old school charms and sensibilities were still intact. Remarkably, over the ‘eight years it took James and Karla Murray to complete this project, one third of the stores they featured have closed’. Sad.