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Guide to the Arthur W. Grumbine Photograph Collection
[1938]-60, undated
  PR 97

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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© 2011 New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Sandra Markham

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 10, 2011
Description is in English.

Container List

Series I. Street Scenes and Buildings

Scope and Contents note

Series I contains photographs taken in various neighborhoods around the city from the late 1930s through the 1960s. Some of the shots are lively and record activity as he encountered it on the street, such as Chinese-American children reacting to New Years fireworks or Times Square food purveyors handling flaming steaks or airborne pizza dough. Others are quiet static shots of empty streets, construction sites and building interiors. Some of the photographs record establishments or street features which were formerly ubiquitous but have now disappeared from the city, such as a Horn and Hardart automat and a unique three-dimensional trade sign in the shape of a pair of spectacles for an optical shop, both in folder 7. A folder of Little Italy images records the vitality of that neighborhood's commerce, in particular a spirited portrait of the Rev. Frank Compitiello, a Pentecostal preacher who operated a lunch cart at Grand and Mulberry Streets. The Lower East Side folder captures street vendors and commerce there too, as well as neighborhood children playing at an open fire hydrant, and another group mesmerized by a television playing in an appliance store window. Also in that folder is a portrait of a "Sidewalk Fortune Teller near Chatham Square" who holds a highly ornamented piece of equipment.

Folders are arranged in alphabetical order by Manhattan neighborhood.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Bowery
1947-[1950], n.d.
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Chinatown--Chinese New Year celebrations
1945-1956, n.d.
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Chinatown--General views
1945-1955, n.d.
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Little Italy
1940-[1950], n.d.
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Lower East Side
1947-[1960], n.d.
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Midtown Manhattan--Aerial and riverfront views
[1948], n.d.
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Midtown Manhattan--East side views
[1945]-1953, n.d.
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Midtown Manhattan--West side views
[1938]-1951, n.d.
Box: 1 Folder : 9 South Street/Fulton Fish Market
[1947]-1950, n.d.
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Times Square--Day views
1950-[1955]
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Times Square--Night views
n.d.
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Washington Square
1950-[1955], n.d.

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