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If 1950’s Man’s Life vintage rags of cartoon pin-up gals battling Nazis and being toplessly rescued by manly men brought you amusement, behold: Girl Watcher magazine. A gem (of sorts) of American culture, it’s a silly skeevy fetishy voyeur periodical… or something. Obviously, it’s all coy and tongue-in-cheek and the curvy, giggly damsels are pertty, but damn […]

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The ladies of  Young Women’s Republican Club of Milford, Connecticut were tired of their men hanging out without them, so they got together for an evening of cards, cigars, naughty alcoholic punch, a striptease of sorts “and such other masculine enjoyments as had frequently cost them the evening companionship of husbands, sons and brothers.” Well, by all […]

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These pesky NYC vintage photo series keep floating up onto the Internet from decades past, so, sorry, now you’re going to look at the porno theaters of Time Square. See the neon marque, the “hot sweet succulent $1.99” offerings, the occasional photobomb from an elderly gut. These snaps of street fronts by Ted Thai give you a […]

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Here’s some silent amateur footage of Manhattan during World War II. Just a stroll through summery Greenwich Village, springtime Coney Island, and fun in a snowstorm. During World War II. […]

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The New York Times has “a morgue” — where unpublished photos go to rot. It’s more like a mass, tended grave actually. So, how many? “Our best guess is five million to six million prints and contact sheets (each sheet, of course, representing many discrete images) and 300,000 sacks of negatives, ranging in format size […]

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Ahh, the Sixties. When girls and guys could ride stacked in threes atop their skateboards, plummeting down the slopes of Central Park, and worry not about protective dork-wear. Fun. This collection from LIFE photographer Bill Eppridge is probably the joyous vintage New York series we’ve put on here. Albeit, a modern breeder with squeal something about oncoming traffic, spoilsports. Observe the […]

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 Let’s do the timewarp again. Check out these Kodachrome (R.I.P. Kodachrome!) photos of Manhattan. Amateur photographer Charles Weever Cushman had donated his collection of 14,500 color slides to Indiana University and here they are again. Spanning 1938 to 1969, these 1940s ones are the best. Gents in hats. Old cars. Chinatown. LES. Awesome little drink vendor wheelbarrows […]

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Long before New York City was a conflict-free oasis where the streets smell like roses and Times Square was safe for families, it was quite the soiled place, but in a good way. It gave the city some character as evidenced by photographer Steven Siegel’s ever growing collection of 1980s era snapshots that are burning […]

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Here’s some old 8mm film of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade shot in the year that WWII started. Just in case your tiny spawn or the promise of Tim Burton’s balloon made you go look up at yesterday’s floats, this is a glimpse of what you’d be seeing in 1939. For contrast! […]

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Here’s a nostalgia-inducing short film by French filmmaker Marie Martine, shot in the wild days of the Lower East Side’s artistic happenings and urban decay, with glimpses of Scott Borofsky making street art and clip-board wielding Guerrilla Girls in full ape costume. […]

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