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New York City circa 1942

November 5, 2011

When searching the name Charles W. Cushman, not much comes up.  Outside of being passionate about travel and photography later in life, Cushman was an everyday guy with everyday jobs who lived between Chicago and New York.  Originally from the middle-west (Indiana), he eventually made his way around the globe and captured some incredible photos along the ride.  His kodachromes, now housed at Indiana University (his alma mater), are an amazing view of various cities from across America, Europe and Central America, spanning from the 1930’s to the 1960’s.  If you’re looking to kill a few hours clicking through an incredible collection of old images, look no further.

These pictures were taken in New York City during the early 1940’s and afford a rare glimpse into people lives during this period in time.  Many of the places in these photos look the same today, while others are gone all together.  Check out the entire Cushman Collection here.

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  1. November 7, 2011 05:33

    Fantastic images. It makes you want to murder anyone in the advertising industry for cluttering our streets. Hand made signs were the way to go, with the odd neon here and there.

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