Historic photos of New York between 1935-38

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By Zolton in New Photography on Wednesday 6 June 2012

These photos by Berenice Abbott off the How To Be A Retronaut website paint a wonderful portrait of a vibrant, bustling, clean New York City in the mid to late 1930s. The images are courtesy of the New York Public Library.

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Vibrant, colourful photos of New York in 1971

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By Zolton in New Photography on Thursday 17 May 2012

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.

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Fascinating photos of Berkeley Campus in 1970

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By Zolton in New Photography on Saturday 5 May 2012

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.

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Auditions for black cats in Hollywood 1961

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By Zolton in New Photography on Wednesday 25 April 2012

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]

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Inspiring colour photos of New York City in 1941

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By Zolton in New Photography on Wednesday 18 April 2012

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.

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Gritty photos of the New York Subway in 1973

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By Zolton in New Photography on Friday 16 March 2012

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.

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Anti-Prostitution Posters from World War Two

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By Zolton in New Design on Saturday 7 January 2012

Seems bombs and heavy artillery weren’t the only hazards during the Second World War, as this wicked collection of Anti-Prostitution Posters from the How To Be A Retronaut website alludes to.

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The changing face of New York City

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By Zolton in New Photography on Friday 20 May 2011

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.

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