‏‏ Big Apple in the 40s _ 02MF

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1940s life in the Big Apple Click to advance

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It’s been 70 years since an Indiana amateur photographer visited New York City and returned home with an amazing collection of holiday snaps. But Charles Weever Cushman’s pictures are even more impressive today, as they were taken on pricey color Kodachrome and look far more recent than they actually are. He went around the city taking photos of architecture such as the Brooklyn Bridge and other parts of the Manhattan skyline - and it’s hard to believe they were taken while World War II was going on. What is even more intriguing are the street scenes and daily life Cushman documented in his photos, showing 1940s New Yorkers going about their daily business. Pictures of children smiling for the camera, businessmen sitting down outside and street traders are a fascinating insight to what life was like in the city all those years ago. Many of the areas have been demolished or rebuilt since they were photographed in 1941 and 1942. Others such as McSorley’s Old Ale House in Manhattan’s East Village look almost identical now as they did back then, with the same store front and shop logo. The images are even more significant at a time when Americans are remembering the fallen World Trade Center, showing that a city ultimately transcends its buildings, reported The Atlantic. Mr. Cushman was born in Poseyville, Indiana, in 1896 and attended Indiana University, where he was sports editor on the student newspaper. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in Illinois in 1918 before leaving three years later and began working in New York City in 1928. He moved back to Chicago in 1929 and died in 1972. His second wife, Elizabeth Penniman, said: ‘He loved life - music, good books, sports, the outdoors, travel, integrity - and could not tolerate ignorance.’ See more of the Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection HERE . Click to advance

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Land and water: The Liberty Street ferry in New York City on September, 1941

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Horse and cart: Men and boys are seen collecting salvage on the Lower East Side on October 1941

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Daily life: This street scene from October 3, 1942, is just one from a huge collection by Charles W. Cushman

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Pub: McSorley's Old Ale House, still open today, is pictured on East 7th Street on October 7, 1942

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Compared: McSorley's Old Ale House in the East Village today, hardly changed from the previous photo

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Park life: A suited man walks through Bowling Green in lower Manhattan on October 1, 1942 :

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Smoking: Three homeless people from South Ferry slum houses are in Battery Park on June 6, 1941 :

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Crossing: The East River is pictured below Brooklyn Bridge, linking Brooklyn and Manhattan, on June 6, 1941

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Around town: A portable soft drink stand at Bowling Green on October, 1942, left, and a Lower East Side street scene 1941, right.

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Hosepipe: Looking up Fulton Street from South Street in downtown Manhattan on September 27, 1941

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Business as usual: A street in Chinatown, left, and another in lower Manhattan, right, both snapped October 3, 1942

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Downtown life: A man looks out from Battery Park on June 6, 1941, while a horse and carriage can be seen at the lower end of Broadway on October 1, 1942

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Boat trip: The Statue of Liberty is seen across the water from downtown Manhattan on June 6, 1941

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Empire view: Up 4 th Ave. from Astor Place Cooper Union late afternoon, 1942

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Looking up: A tower of Brooklyn Bridge is seen from South Street in Manhattan on September 27, 1941

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Barrels: People walk on a sunny day on the corner of Pearl Street on October 7, 1942 :

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Say cheese: Residents of lower Clinton St near the East River on a Saturday afternoon in September 1941

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Shops: Near the corner of Broome Street and Baruch Place in the Lower East Side on September 27, 1941

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Traders: Hot sweet potatoes, left, on October 4, 1942, and Wall Street, right, is pictured on June 6, 1941

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Poverty: Young and old, black and white - 1942

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City buzz: A crowd gathers during a salvage collection on the Lower East Side on October 4, 1942

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New Yorkers: These two, left, live in a big new housing project near the East River and are pictured on October 4, 1942 - while a woman, right, sits in front of a doorway in the Lower East Side in the same month

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Long shot: Lower Manhattan is pictured from a Jersey City ferry boat on September 27, 1941

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