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Extraordinary colour photographs reveal 1940s life in the Big Apple

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Thanks for posting these Sarge. I love that era. I love the clothes. I love the cars. Great find.
 

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Wild. I didn't realize the had invented colors already. :)

Interesting to see that all of the men wore hats, and most of them suits and ties. Even the homeless ones.
 

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Great find. Makes me happy to know that color photos were still fairly rare then, and I have lots of B&W to colorize.

Wild. I didn't realize the had invented colors already. :)

Interesting to see that all of the men wore hats, and most of them suits and ties. Even the homeless ones.
The trend of men wearing hats went out in the mid to late 50's, though even as a kid in the 60's, I had a dress hat for going to church, and other occasions.

On a related note..... My great uncle Giovani, and my grandfather ( Papa Pietro) owned Manhattan Show repair on Lexington ave. Uncle G was the shoe maker, and my grandfather cleaned and blocked hats, and shined the shoes. Hats were so prevalent, he was able to support a family of 11. Even during the depression, they did quite well, and later moved from up town (Harlem) to the Bronx into his own house in 1940.

I can vividly remember my dad teaching me how to properly crease the top of the hat on a Sunday morning when I was about 6 or 7.
 

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Haven't made a red cent LOL

Because of more then a few obstacles, I haven't gone full blown official. Once the shop picks up a bit, I can finally do an LLC, and some real advertising. For now, I just have fun.

It's been a tough year.... but I haven even begun to fight.
 

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I seen a beggar a few weeks ago in a suit and tie
 

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