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Guide to the Stephen Harmon Photographs
1942, 1968-2017
 PR 362

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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Collection processed by Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 27, 2021
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Container List

Series P.I. Photographic Prints, 1942, 1970s-2011. 1.5 Linear feet in 1 flat box and 1 flat file folder

Scope and Contents

The series includes photographic prints from the photographer. Notable in the series is a set of over 200 slides of Manhattan's Upper West Side from the 1980s and a set of photographs from the Times Square area of the late 1970s-1980s. The series also includes one 1942 wedding invitation.


The series is arranged by size of the print and subject matter.

Processing Information

Many of these prints were previously processed and were part of the Photographers File (PR 50). In early 2021, they were removed from that collection and combined with other, unprocessed prints to form this series within the standalone Stephen Harmon collection.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 19 color photographs, 8-1/2 x 11 in., Lower East Side

Scope and Contents

Includes 19 photographs taken by Stephen Harmon on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York City, in the mid-1980s. All the photographs are color, 8-1/2 x 11 inch prints. The photographs emphasize storefronts, signage of businesses, and building facades, with some wide angle views of rows of buildings. Pedestrians appear in several, most often in connection with street vendors.

Identified streets represented in the photographs are Orchard (11), Essex (4), Grand (2), and Rivington (1). Storefronts and buildings that are the focus of photographs include Fine & Klein Handbags, Adler's Mens Wear (and nearby businesses and street vendors), Orchard Bootery, Beckenstein Home Fabrics, Inc., Ideal Hosiery, and Louis Stavsky Co. Hebrew religious supples & books. Photographs centered on signage include H. Eckstein & Sons, Leibel Bistritzky's kosher gourmet foods, a Judaica/Hebrew religious articles business at 45 Essex, and Blue Chip handkerchiefs & scarfs.

Gift, April 2018.

circa 1985
Box: 1 Folder : 2 29 color photographs, 11 x 14 in. Times Square sex shops and movie theaters.

Scope and Contents

All signed and numbered 3/40. Includes theater marquees, lobbies, storefronts, video stores, and Howard Johnson's neon sign. (See also Series D.I for digital versions of these and other related photographs.) Gift, October 2014.

Box: 1 Folder : 3 210 color slides, 2 x 2 in., Upper West Side

Scope and Contents

Taken in the 1980s at the request of a civic organization, Landmark West, in connection with preservation efforts, the photographs include exteriors and details of notable buildings (Dakota, San Remo, Apthorp, Beresford, Belleclair, Pythian, Dorilton, Hotel Des Artistes, Portuguese Synagogue, Central Savings Bank, Ansonia, and others), views of brownstones, and various street views of Columbus, Amsterdam, and West End avenues, Broadway, and various streets ranging up to about 106th. Gift, 2014.

Box: 1 Folder : 4 11 color photographs, 8-1/2 x 11 in., Checker Cabs
circa 1981-1982
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Photograph album, 6 x 4 in., Columbus Day Parade

Scope and Contents

Includes various politicians marching in the parade, including Walter Mondale, Geraldine Ferraro, Mario Cuomo, Ed Koch, and Andrew Stein, and also Sophia Loren.

Box: 1 Folder : 6 14 color photographs, 6 x 4 in. Various subjects

Scope and Contents

Beauty parlor customers, Bethesda Fountain in snow, subway car with graffiti and passengers, Chrysler Building gargoyle, fire escapes, storefronts on Broadway at West 164th Street, Brighton Beach subway station entrance, Gray's Papaya on Amsterdam at 72nd, rainy night scene on Broadway, and World Trade Center towers burning on 9/11. Also a Polaroid of Donald Trump, Sanford (Sandy) Weil, and Robert Savin at black tie dinner. Gift, December 2012.

Box: 1 Folder : 7 10 color photographs, 8-1/2 x 11 in., Various subjects

Scope and Contents

Includes subway car with graffiti, Flatiron Building, Charles Scribners & Sons storefront, phone booths, pretzel wagon, P&G Bar neon lights, and an abortion rights demonstration. Gift, 2012.

Box: 1 Folder : 8 31 color photographs, 8-1/2 x 11 in., Various subjects

Scope and Contents

Includes, among others, Amsterdam Restaurant, Blarney Stone restaurant, Chinatown, World Trade Center, Camel cigarette sign in Times Square, Village Cigars in Greenwich Village, Grand Central Station 42nd Steet entrance, various store signage, New York State Supreme Courthouse, 72nd Street subway station (interior), views of Manhattan skyline from #7 train, and Elmhurst gas tanks along the Long Island Expressway. All are signed. Most are titled on back.

Folder: FF-1 8 color photographs, 16 x 20 in. New York City scenes.

Scope and Contents

Brownstone building stoops on 82nd off Amsterdam, with graffiti; Antonio's barber shop on Amsterdam and 82nd; P&G Cafe/Bar on northeast corner of Amsterdam & 73rd; network of fire escapes on a building on Bleecker Street; fireworks over the Brooklyn Bridge on its 100th anniversary; 3 wintry street scenes (at Broadway & 72nd (2 views) and at West End & 72nd). All signed. Gift, 1983.

Box: 1 Folder : 9 Ephemera. 1 wedding invitation card

Scope and Contents

Invitation from Mr & Mrs. Max Markman and Mr & Mrs. Samuel Eisenkop to the marriage of their children Eleanor and Hyman (the parents of Stephen Harmon) at Temple Bnai Mordechai, Brooklyn. Gift, February 2019.


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