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New York's Contributions to English (Holiday, 1949)

"New York City's contributions to the American language go considerably further than the pronunciation of 'avenyeh' for avenue or 'erl' for lubricant. Peter Stuyvesant's village has made rich entries into our spoken and written tongue. A handful, culled from Dr. Mitford M. Matthew's A Dictionary of Americanisms follows."

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Six Color Photos of 1940 Manhattan (Click Magazine, 1940)

If you've been wandering the internet hoping to get some idea what the fair isle of Manhattan looked like on 1940s color film, then your search is over (for a little while). These color images first appeared in a 1940 issue of CLICK MAGAZINE and you will get a glimpse of the Bowery, Broadway, and Fifth Avenue -there are also two color pictures of New York at night for all of you wanted to see what the door man at El Morocco wore or the club-crawlers in Harlem.

*Watch This Color Film Footage of 1940s New York*


Manhattan During Wartime (Yank, 1945)

This is a three page article concerning the city of New York from YANK's on-going series, "Home Towns in Wartime".

The YANK correspondent, Sanderson Vanderbilt, characterized Gotham as being "overcrowded" (in 1945 the population was believed to be 1,902,000; as opposed to the number today: 8,143,197) and I'm sure we can all assume that today's New Yorkers tend to feel that their fore-bearers did not know the meaning of the word.

New York was the home base of Yank Magazine and this article presents a young man's view of that town and the differences that he can recall when he remembers it's pre-war glory (Sanderson tended to feel that the city looked a bit "down-at-the-heel").

Click here if you would like to read an article about the celebrations in New York the day World War Two ended.
Read a VANITY FAIR article about New York during W.W. I

Click here to read about the first NYC air-raid wardens of 1942.


Brooklyn During Wartime (Yank Magazine, 1945)

Written for those far-flung, home-sick Brooklynites of yore who were cast hither and yon in order to repel the forces of fascism, this two page article from 1945 is illustrated with seven pictures of a Brooklyn that had been out of sorts since the close of the 1944 baseball season, when the Dodgers had finished 42 games behind.


A 1940s Tour of Manhattan (Click Magazine, 1940)

A black and white photo-essay of a New York that is gone with the wind, written in that wonderfully irreverent slang-heavy patois so reminiscent of the movies of that era. We posted this piece to please that New York archivist in all of you: you will see images of the watering holes preferred by the high and the low, the museums, Fifth Ave., Harlem, and the Fulton Fish Market.

Click here to see another 1930s photo-essay...


The Stork Club (Click Magazine, 1940)


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