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radio city flatiron

central park west

grand central, shut down

New York Dec 1947 and 1905. Looks pretty much the same now.

All photos copyright LIFE/Time, Inc., photos by Mark Kauffman and Michael Rougier. Flatiron photo via New York Public Library.

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keep your head up

We don't know when this old photo was taken, but this is still the state of our country today. Let's lend a hand to our fellow man, support small, independent businesses, and in general just uplift each other more than knock each other down. It's hard times, keep your head up.

We can't recall how or where we stumbled upon this photo, if anyone knows the photographer, please send us an email so we can give proper photo credit

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The Titanic Barber

The RMS Titanic sank on April 15, 1912. Five days later, the liner's chief barber Charles Weikman gave his personal account of the sinking of the Titanic. So I searched for a photo of the Titanic's two barbershops - one for 2nd class passengers and one for 1st class (where Mr. Weikman worked).Unfortunately, I couldn't locate it, but I found this photo of the barbershop in the RMS Olympic (also known as "Old Reliable"), which is supposed to be near identical to the one that would have been in the Titanic. The RMS Olympic was one of the Olympic-class ocean liners built for the White Star Line, which also included the Titanic and Britannic. If anyone is able to locate a picture of the Titanic's actual barbershop, send me an email.

The Olympic Barbershop

RMS Olympic 1911, NYC.

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Eugene de Salignac worked for the Department of Bridges from 1903 to 1934. During this time he recorded the building of some of New York's most famous bridges and captured some iconic images like this one of the painters climbing the bridge with no safety equipment. More pictures and info from The New Yorker.

BK Bridge today.

Washington St. looking west. Dumbo 1908.

Dumbo today.

Building the Queensboro Bridge 1907.

Queensboro Bridge today.

We shot the present day pictures during our numerous city journeys later to find a similar "before and after" effect. East Side lifelines to the city captured a decade apart.

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Welcome Stranger

A step back in time, 1957. Some say a great barber is part bartender, part shrink and 100% your trusted friend. Seventy-five cent cuts with a quarter tip, sounds lovely. photo: F.M.

Slide on into the leather chair, neck powdered and a swoosh of the apron. What'll you have friend? Otis Elevator Co. 1942 photo: W.S.C.

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Another great pomade from yesteryear:Karate King. Endorsed by the one and only top spy himself James Bond. Produced during the 60's by H.H. Cosmetic Labs in the Philippines. That looks like Liz Taylor next to Mr. Connery.

For the Lovers

A pomade from the history books: Lover's Moon. An excellent example of how marketing can draw you to purchase a tin: a Gent with palm trees under the full moon & stars. Olive Oil for the heart healthy. Great tin of yesteryear.

Circa 1977

Not far from the previous post we encountered this?!?! An original Bell Telephone booth. These clamshell pay phone booths faded away over 20 years ago. They were easily distinguishable & visible to those in need of a phone fix. Simpler Times

Randy 720

We are all fans of the Van Doren Rubber Co. I was a team rider for Vans for almost a decade back in the day. Nothing beats a traditional vulcanized pair of sneakers. There was a time before the Van Doren empire, the Randy 720 from 1965. Look familiar? Back to the Future

long live the king

"His kind of music is deplorable, a rancid smelling aphrodisiac...It fosters almost totally negative and destructive reactions in young people."Frank Sinatra, 1950's

"There have been many accolades uttered about Elvis' talent and performances through the years, all of which I agree with wholeheartedly. I shall miss him dearly as a friend. He was a warm, considerate and generous man." Frank Sinatra, 1977

"He was the original cool." Brian Setzer

“Before Elvis, there was nothing.” John Lennon

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