Vintage View: Further Back with Andreas Feininger’s Photographs

All photos by Andreas Feininger, courtesy of Dover Publications, Inc.

Inspired by the ’60s and ’70s New York street style photography featured last month, we sought out even more pictorial – and sartorial – relics of the Big Apple. We found a copy of the book New York in the Forties on the crowded shelves of a thrift store in Berkeley, California – nearly 3,000 miles away!

In this collection of black-and-white images, esteemed former Life magazine photographer and professor Andreas Feininger documents contrasting metropolitan personalities, culture, and visual narratives to those captured two and three decades later. Same city, different world.






Which era of New York City would you most like to revisit?

About Cindy

Pun intended. Cindy loves dreaming up witty quips and groan-worthy wordplay. In fact, you could say this girl just wants to have puns. As an avid fan of the written word and a librarian at heart, she also loves used bookstores, especially ones that harbor cats. A lover of all things old, she takes every opportunity to nerd out on nostalgia.

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  1. shaney 02/28/2013 at 12:44 pm #

    Third from last picture: Are those real live mannequins juxtaposed against a street cleaner who looks like a mannequin?

    very cool!

  2. Jen 03/01/2013 at 5:51 am #

    Wow I love these pictures!

  3. Charlotte Dunn 03/01/2013 at 1:12 pm #

    Everyone looks so elegant! Love love love!

  4. Seffi 03/02/2013 at 9:34 pm #

    awesome! as a native new yorker its cool to look at this post at the same time, looking out my window! id love to see new york in teh turn of the 20th century, will the buggies in centrel park and the fashion and the gentlemen, oh la la

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