Sixteen advertisements on Times Square were turned off by one small tumbler switch, operated by Douglas Leigh, a sign designer. New York, March 1, 1942.
New York in the 1940s was buzzing with cars and people, the population of Manhattan reached 2 million people. These amazing black and white photographs is a daily life documentation of New York, which allows us to look at this era one more time.
From street fish and corn vendors to cars under the snow, the familiar scenes evoke a sense of nostalgia. These images catch unforgettable moments in the history, whether it is New York City Council, mourning the death of Franklin Roosevelt, or a joy because of Japan’s acceptance of conditions for the capitulation and the end of the Second World War.
It is also possible to see a changing architectural landscape of the city and to remember that some of its districts, like Times Square, have always been a centre of living. Look narrowly at the daily life of New York in the 1940s on these photographs.
Photographs visually tell the history of the city.
Clients gather in the soft drinks shop during the dimout on Times Square in New York on May 21, 1942. The dimouts were undertaken for the occasion of enemy’s attack.