1950’s Street Photography of NYC and Chicago

I absolutely love the 1920’s through to the 1950’s of American Culture. Sometimes wishing I could travel back in time just so I could experience it.

I love the 1920’s for it’s elegance and craziness. The 1920’s, also know as the “Roaring twenties” or “jazz age”, was a period of sustained economic prosperity. After the recovery from wartime devastation, there was a boom in construction and mass production, and society acculturated into consumerism.  Jazz music blossomed, the flapper redefined modern womanhood, and Art Deco peaked.

Although the 1930’s brought the Great Depression, this decade made history and shaped the world into what it is today.

In this decade we:

  • discovered Pluto
  • Amelia Earhart crossed the Atlantic solo and she was the first woman to do so
  • The US gets it’s official National Anthem
  • Bonnie and Clyde are killed
  • The Cheeseburger is created
  • the Golden Gate Bridge Opens
  • Broadcast of “The War of the Worlds” Causes Panic
  • Helicopter Invented
  • Scientists Split the Atom
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Is the First Full-Length Animated Cartoon
  • Superman First Appears in Comic Books
  • Wizard of Oz Movie

among many, many other things.

I like the 1940’s, despite World War II taking over the first half of it. Many of my favorite films were made during this time and film legends, we talk about today, had their peak during this time.

And the 1950’s, well, who doesn’t like the 1950’s. All the kitch, the fancy cars, Grease!, While scouring the web I found these photographs by Vivian Maier of the “nearly lost 1950’s street photography of New York and Chicago


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