Stunning Kodachrome Photos of Manhattan in the Early 1940s by Charles Cushman

Charles Weever Cushman was an amateur photographer who took thousands of photographs of New York City in the early 1940s. His photographs capture the city during a time of great change and transition, as the United States was entering World War II and the city was experiencing a period of rapid growth and development.

Cushman’s photographs of Manhattan in the early 1940s are particularly notable for their vivid and detailed images of the city’s streets, buildings, and people. He captured the city’s bustling energy and vitality, as well as its gritty, industrial side. His photographs include images of iconic landmarks like the Empire State Building and the Brooklyn Bridge, as well as lesser-known neighborhoods and buildings. His photographs also capture the everyday lives of New Yorkers during this time period. He took pictures of people on the street, in parks, and in other public spaces. His photographs show the diversity of the city’s population, with images of people from all walks of life, including immigrants, factory workers, and members of the middle and upper classes.

#1 Residents of lower Clinton Street near East river Saturday afternoon 1941

#3 Old lady reads Sunday paper. Lower East Side N.Y.C. 1942

#10 Crowd gathers during Salvage collection in lower East Side. 1942

#16 Stores near corner of Broome Street and Baruch Place, Lower East Side. New York City

#18 Lower East Side Corner Broome St. Baruch Pl. Saturday afternoon

#20 Statue of Liberty from the Battery New York harbor

#23 Skyscrapers Looking toward financial District from an East River pier. New York City

#24 New York City Lower East Side Flat bldgs. Clinton Street, 1941

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