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Sing Sing Prison: Home of the Bad New Yorkers (Click Magazine, 1938)

Sing Sing Prison was where the vulgar New Yorkers of the criminal variety spent much of their time:

"Murderers and felons, rogues and embezzlers, an average of 2750 of them inhabit Sing Sing Prison at Ossining, N.Y. on the bank of the Hudson River. Theirs is a world apart. A world of gray stone walls and steel bars. When the gates clang shut behind them they enter upon a life scientifically regulated by Warden Lewis E. Lawes (1883 1947)...CLICK MAGAZINE takes you inside the grim walls and shows you what happens to the convicted criminal from the day he is committed to Sing Sing Prison until the day he leaves as a free man."

This is a photo-essay that is made up of twenty-five black and white pictures.

Read about the religious make up of Sing Sing Prison in the Thirties.

 

The New York Women of Reginald Marsh ('47 Magazine)

"Against the backdrop of a metropolis, a painter finds exultation in the vigorous beauty of the common girl."

 

Frank Lloyd Wright Hated the U.N. Building (Rob Wagner's Script Magazine, 1947)

When architects and builders howled in protest when the firm of Wallace Harrison (1895 - 1981)was commissioned in 1947 to design the United Nations Center in New York City, the editors of SCRIPT MAGAZINE dashed off to ask Frank Lloyd Wright to pick up his quill and ink-up his arguments against the project.

Wright, a bombastic advocate for the organic architecture, voiced his disapproval in the attached article. Those who are familiar with the high esteem in which Frank Lloyd Wright held himself will not be surprised that he referred to himself entirely in third person throughout this entire article!

 

The Loud Noises of N.Y. (Literary Digest, 1929)

The unsettling noises of New York City are as well-known to the New Yorkers of today as they were to the New Yorkers of yore:

"Soldiers get war shell-shock; New Yorkers get peace shell-shock, a condition of nerves less obvious, but more insidious. It makes the New Yorker smoke more cigarettes than any one else in the world...it keeps the speakeasies open, it builds skyscrapers and eggs him on to splendid achievement, or shatters his morale..."

 

New York Theatre in the Forties (Yank Magazine, 1945)

An article about New York's Broadway theater scene during the Second World War:

"Show people will never forget the year 1944. Thousands of men and women from the legitimate theater were overseas in uniform -actors and actresses, writers, scene designers, stage hands - and all looked back in wonderment at what war had done to the business... Letters and newspapers from home told the story. On Broadway even bad shows were packing them in..."

Click Here to Read an Article About KKK Activity in New York City

 

A Census of Skyscrapers (Literary Digest, 1929)

Egged on by the 1929 completion of the Chrysler building, the curious souls who ran the New York offices of THE LITERARY DIGEST were moved to learn more about skyscrapers, both in New York as well as other parts of the U.S. and We were surprised to learn that as of 1929

"50 percent of the buildings in New York from 10 to 20 stories and 60 percent of those over 20 stories are located between 14th and 59th streets."

This article also presents statistical data concerning the number of tall buildings that could be found throughout the 1920s United States.

 


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