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Tag Archives: 1940s

Adolph Green: The boy from the Bronx makes good

Last Tuesday, December 2, 2014, marked the 100th birthday of Adolph Green, writer and lyricist. With his creative partner Betty Comden, Green composed lyrics for over 200 songs, wrote ten … Continue reading

December 9, 2014 · 3 Comments

Dorothy Dignam and Gramercy Park

This week we will have a guest post from yet another one of our fabulous summer interns, Mickey Dennis, a student at Washington State University, who is currently pursuing a … Continue reading

September 9, 2014 · 2 Comments

A visit to Sochi, 1939.

What do the  2014 Winter Olympics and the 1939 New York World’s Fair have in common?  The promotion of Sochi, Russia as a tourist destination. As mentioned in a earlier … Continue reading

February 11, 2014 · 1 Comment

Prepping the girls for “As the Girls Go”

Since October the Theater department has been busy preparing 30,000 images of theatrical productions for digitization and cataloging. Images will eventually be made available on our Collections Portal thanks to … Continue reading

January 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

Remembering the New York World’s Fair of 1939

“Designing Tomorrow: America’s World Fairs of the 1930’s” opened at the Museum of the City of New York  December 5, featuring a core traveling exhibition organized by the National Building … Continue reading

January 8, 2013 · 8 Comments

Officer Stanley Kronzak, North Brooklyn Beat from 1936-1954

Like most of New York City, the Williamsburg and Greenpoint neighborhoods of north Brooklyn have changed considerably in the last 75 years. I obtained a unique glimpse into these neighborhoods’ … Continue reading

July 17, 2012 · 3 Comments

Prizefighters

If anyone had asked my opinion on boxing a few weeks ago, my response would have been tepid at best. I’d never really given the sport much thought. And yet … Continue reading

May 29, 2012 · 4 Comments

Love in the Time of Weegee

As we continue to inventory and image the Museum’s holdings from the LOOK Magazine archives , we’ve discovered troves of images taken by famous photographers on assignment for the magazine.  … Continue reading

March 27, 2012 · 3 Comments

“Painting for fun is catching on furiously among celebrated people”

In an October, 1948 article, LOOK magazine proclaimed, “Painting for fun is catching on furiously among celebrated people. About one hundred Big Names have answered a call for help from … Continue reading

December 6, 2011 · 12 Comments

The “Dimming” of Times Square

Close your eyes. Think of Times Square. Imagine all the chaos, the sounds, the overwhelming rush of humanity illuminated by the never-ending glow of neon and electric lights. Would Times Square, … Continue reading

August 16, 2011 · 1 Comment

The Sultry Showgirl

When Stanley Kubrick was a young man, he had the good luck to be assigned a job for LOOK Magazine that allowed him to create an intimate  photographic portrait of … Continue reading

August 3, 2011 · 4 Comments

Circus

1948 was a good year for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.  The “Big Show” traveled from coast to coast with a coterie of performers and animals, encountering … Continue reading

July 19, 2011 · 2 Comments

The Tale of the Shoe Shine Boy

Stanley Kubrick’s 1947 pictorial for LOOK Magazine. At the age of 13, Stanley Kubrick was given a Graflex camera by his father which triggered a fascination with still photography.  He sold his first … Continue reading

June 21, 2011 · 8 Comments

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