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Guide to the Jack Margolin Photograph Collection
1950-1996
 PR 316

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 873-3400


© 2011 New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Susan Kriete

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on March 01, 2016
Description is in English

Descriptive Summary

 
Title: Jack Margolin Photograph Collection
Dates: 1950-1996
Abstract: This collection consists of 84 black and white photographs of New York scenes between 1950-1996. The photographs were taken in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn and depict people in cafeterias and automats, subway scenes, biking, kids playing in a hydrant, and various protests.
Quantity: 1.25 Linear feet (3 boxes, 84 photographs)
Call Phrase: PR 316

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Biographical Note

Jack Margolin was born in 1914 in Brooklyn to Russian-Jewish immigrants. He trained as a linotype operator and worked for several newspapers ( The New York Times, Daily News, New York Post) before opening his own small printing company in 1961, which specialized in math and science textbooks published by McGraw-Hill. In 1962, Margolin married Pearl Klein. They had three daughters and lived in Bayside, Queens.

Largely self-taught, Margolin began taking photographs in his 20's. After retiring in 1976, Margolin devoted himself to photography full-time. He was a member of several camera clubs (Fresh Meadows, Metropolitan, Queens) and participated in numerous juried shows. He died in New York in 1996.

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Scope and Contents Note

This collection consists of 84 black and white (gelatin silver) photographs of New York scenes taken between 1950-1996 by amateur photographer Jack Margolin. The photographs are mounted on board; some have stickers from the Fresh Meadows Camera Club. Images include scenes in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn, depicting workers and diners in cafeterias and automats, subway scenes, biking, kids playing in a hydrant, and protests for women's rights and against the Vietnam War. The numbers and titles assigned by Margolin are set forth in the container list below.

Arrangement Note

Photographs are arranged in the numeric order assigned by the photographer.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Available by advance appointment only. To schedule an appointment, contact the Print Room Librarian at printroom@nyhistory.org. Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to twenty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. (Researchers may not accrue unused copy amounts from previous days.)

Use Restrictions

Application to use images from this collection for publication should be made in writing to:

Department of Rights and Reproductions
The New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5194
rightsandrepro@nyhistory.org
212-485-9228

The copyright law of the United States governs the making of photocopies and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials. Unpublished materials created before January 1, 1978 cannot be quoted in publication without permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation Note

This collection should be cited as: Jack Margolin Photograph Collection, PR 316, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, The New-York Historical Society.

Provenance

Gift of Sandra Margolin and Roberta Margolin, 2015.

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 1. "Early Morning" Garment District
1985
Box: 1 Folder : 1 2. "FDR Drive at Night"
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 1 3. "Brooklyn Bridge Dusk"
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 2 4. "Twin Towers; Another View -- Night"
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 2 5. "Skyscrapers, No. 1, Geometry"
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 2 6. "Skyscraper No. 2 -- Reflections"
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 3 7. "Window Washers in the Sky"
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 3 8. "Early Morning Bayside, Queens, NY"
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 3 9. "Northern Boulevard Reflections" Queens, NY
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 4 10. "Biking Across the 59th St. Bridge"
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 4 11. "Summer Hydrant Play"
1985
Box: 1 Folder : 4 12. "Seventh Avenue in the Rain"
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 5 13. "Street Shopping -- Flushing, NY"
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 5 14. "Asian/English Ads," Flushing, NY
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 5 15. "Asian, English Commerce" Flushing, NY
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 6 16. "Chinese Food Court" Flushing, NY
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 6 17. "Weight Loss Billboard" Flushing, NY
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 6 18. "Korean Food Court" Flushing, NY
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 7 19. "Well Fed in Cafeteria"
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 6 20. "Cafeteria Letter-Writing Reflections"
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 7 21. "Waitress Coffee Shop" 21st Street and 5th Avenue, NYC
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 8 22. "BakeOven Cafeteria 4 Men in Hats." 7th Avenue and 31sdt Street, NYC
1993
Box: 1 Folder : 8 23. "BakeOven Cafeteria -- Man in a Hat," 7th Avenue, 31st Street, NYC
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 8 24. "Smoking in the BakeOven Cafe," 7th Avenue and 31st Street, NYC
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 8 25. "Huddled Smoker Automat" 7th Avenue and 23rd Street, NYC
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 9 26. "Retired Street Worker -- Automat" 7th Avenue and 23rd Street, NYC
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 9 27. "Self-Service Paradise Cafe" 6th Avenue and 23rd Street, NYC
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 1 28. "Counterman Flat Iron Cafe" 5th Avenue and 21st Street, NYC
1970
Box: 2 Folder : 1 29. "Julio," Rice and Beans Cafe, 5th Avenue and 21st Street, NYC
1993
Box: 2 Folder : 1 30. "Stanley, Cafe Counterman"
1995
Box: 2 Folder : 2 31. "Specialties of the Day." Kosher Deli
1994
Box: 2 Folder : 2 32. "Bartender, Bayside Tavern" Queens NYC
1990
Box: 2 Folder : 2 33. "Having A Drink, Bayside Tavern." Queens, NYC
1990
Box: 2 Folder : 3 34. "Waiting for the LIRR," Bayside, NY
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 3 35. "Subway Platform -- Winter." Bayside, NY
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 3 36. "Subway: 2 Women in Matching Hats"
1995
Box: 2 Folder : 4 37. "On the Flushing Line -- Pensive Man"
1995
Box: 2 Folder : 4 38. "On the Flushing Line -- Conversation"
1995
Box: 2 Folder : 4 39. Subway -- "Where Imagination Runs Wild"
1995
Box: 2 Folder : 5 40. Subway -- "Travel Companions" Ad
1995
Box: 2 Folder : 5 41. Subway -- "Side by Side"
1994
Box: 2 Folder : 5 42. Subway -- "Serious"
1995
Box: 2 Folder : 6 43. Subway -- "Turbaned"
1995
Box: 2 Folder : 6 44. Subway -- "Reading"
1995
Box: 2 Folder : 6 45. Subway -- "Couple in Black"
1992
Box: 2 Folder : 7 46. Subway -- "Family"
1992
Box: 2 Folder : 7 47. Subway -- "Teenage Girls"
1995
Box: 2 Folder : 7 48. Subway -- "Homestyle, 90's Style" Ad
1995
Box: 2 Folder : 8 49. Subway -- "Reading the Newspaper"
1995
Box: 2 Folder : 8 50. "Walter B. Cooke Funeral Billboard"
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 8 51. "Digging in the Trash," The Bowery
1985
Box: 2 Folder : 9 52. "Daring Night Manhattan Street Scene"
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 9 53. "Painting Traffic Light" NYC
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 9 54. "Fish Monger Under the El" NYC
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 10 55. "Carrying Clothes, Garment District"
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 10 56. "Food Courts," Lexington Avenue and 53rd Street
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 10 57. "A Dunkin Donuts View of Times Square"
1992
Box: 3 Folder : 1 58. [Cat in store window] 6th Avenue Donut Shop
1965
Box: 3 Folder : 1 59. "On the Phone," Times Square Tourist Shop
1990
Box: 3 Folder : 1 60. "Caps for Sale," Flushing, NY
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 2 61. "Orchard Street Market," Lower East Side, NY
1995
Box: 3 Folder : 2 62. "Atlantic Avenue Flea Market," Brooklyn, NY
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 2 63. "Broadway NY Street Vendor"
1992
Box: 3 Folder : 3 64. "Candy Man," 6th Avenue
1960
Box: 3 Folder : 3 65. "Custom Sandals 22.0" Greenwich Village
1980
Box: 3 Folder : 3 66. "Women's Strike for Equality with Bella Abzug #1," 5th Avenue NYC
1970 August 26
Box: 3 Folder : 4 67. "Women's Strike for Equality with Bella Abzug #2" 5th Avenue NYC
1970 August 26
Box: 3 Folder : 4 68. "Free Abortion on Demand" Women's Demonstration, 5th Avenue
1970
Box: 3 Folder : 4 69. "Fuck the System" Vietnam War Protest NYC
1970
Box: 3 Folder : 5 70. "Out Now!" Vietnam War Protest, NYC
1970
Box: 3 Folder : 5 71. "War Protestor In the Rain," NYC
1970
Box: 3 Folder : 5 72. "Giving the Peace Sign," Vietnam War Protest, NYC
1970
Box: 3 Folder : 5 73. "Tough Cop, Labor Day Parade" East 47th Street, NYC
1993
Box: 3 Folder : 6 74. "Times Square Photo Shoot #1"
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 6 75. "Times Square Photo Shoot #2"
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 6 76. "Holy Men" (Hare Krishna), NYC
1975
Box: 3 Folder : 7 77. "Greenwich Village Hippies"
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 7 78. "Lovers Plus One," Sculpture on 7th Avenue, NYC
1992
Box: 3 Folder : 7 79. "Intermission at the Met," Lincoln Center, NYC
1990
Box: 3 Folder : 8 80. "Four Figures (Shadows & Light)," Canarsie, Brooklyn, NY
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 8 81. "On the Bench," Central Park, NY
1990
Box: 3 Folder : 8 82. "Russian Jews" Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, NY
1990
Box: 3 Folder : 9 83. "Card Players," Bayside, NY
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 9 84. "Waiting for the First Race," Belmont Park, NY
1985
Box: 3 Folder : 9 no number [man in recording studio -- unmounted]
undated

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