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“Essential Human Freedoms”

PM, January 6, 1941, pp.1 and 8 The New York Times, January 7, 1941, p1 On Monday, January 6, 1941, 78 years ago today, President Franklin D. Roosevelt presented his message on the state of the Union to the 77th … Continue reading

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“Freedom from Fear”

Weegee, [Mrs. Bernice Lythcott and son looking through window shattered by rock-throwing hoodlums, Harlem, New York], October 17, 1943 (20109.1993) This tragic picture is a symbol of that evil thing, race hatred. Mrs. Bernice Lythcott and her one-year-old son Leonard … Continue reading

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“So It’s Raining Cats and Dogs in Rivington St.”

Weegee, So It’s Raining Cats and Dogs in Rivington St., All in One Litter, July 18, 1940 (16762.1993) PM, July 18, 1940. p. 13, Vol. 1, No. 23 So It’s Raining Cats and Dogs in Rivington St., All in One … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Fansinaflashbulb!

Unidentified Photographer, [Unidentified Woman with Camera], ca. 1935 (437.2005) Nine years ago today Fansinaflashbub was born. It premiered with the post: Let the blog begin Posted on November 19, 2008 by fansinaflashbulb Starting on November 20, the International Center of … Continue reading

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“Ain’t The Way I Heard It”

Frank Cancellare (1910-1985), [President Harry S. Truman holding up newspaper, St. Louis], November 4, 1948 (2014.28.2) St. Louis, MO: This photo of President Harry S. Truman laughing as he holds an early edition of the Chicago Tribune for Nov. 4th … Continue reading

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“The Lower East Side Watches Its Champ Win”

PM, November 6, 1940, p. 1 PM, November 6, 1940, p. 16-17 They Also Served Who Only Stood and Gaped The hub of the universe – or at least, the hub of New York’s voting was – Times Square last … Continue reading

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A Story of Marian Anderson

Marian Anderson Performs On The Steps Of The Lincoln Memorial, With An Introduction By Harold Ickes, April 9, 1939, from archive.org. Solomon Hurok (1888-1974), [Marian Anderson souvenir program], ca. 1939 (2008.71.1) Solomon Hurok (1888-1974), [Marian Anderson souvenir program], ca. 1939 … Continue reading

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Strangeness and the ordinary

Toby Old,  Hooker’s Ball, Copacabana, NYC, 1976 (274.1995) Toby Old,  Xenon Disco, NYC, 1978 (69.1995) Toby Old,  Body-building Championship, Syracuse, NY, 1980 (64.1995) Toby Old,  FDR Psychiatric Hospital, Montrose, NY, 1988 (76.1995) Toby Old,  FDR Psychiatric Hospital, Montrose, NY, 1989 … Continue reading

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Broken Glass: “I think it’s very foolish for them to act this way with a war going on…”

Dr. Harold E. Edgerton, Hammer breaking glass window pane, 1933 Thomas and David Collins, [Unidentified Woman], ca. 1857-1909 E. J. Bellocq, Storyville Portrait, New Orleans, ca. 1912 (printed ca. 1967) Weegee, [Bernice Lythcott and her one-year-old son Leonard looking out … Continue reading

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The Butchers of Fort Greene Place

Weegee (Arthur Fellig), “Retail butchers lined up at Ft. Greene Market, Brooklyn, in the early dawn, hoping for a little meat to sell from their shops,” March 19, 1943 On April 17, 1943, at the height of World War II, … Continue reading

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