Afternoon Harlem Street Scene, New York, April 1943

June 25, 2015

street scene in harlem

Great black and white photograph of what seems like a quiet Harlem street scene taken during World War II, on a mid-day in April, New York, 1943.

Master Gordon Parks gives us a sneak peek on a Harlem side street, looking over the top of a wooden clothing cart, between two cars and three Harlemites men doing what they do. We love the signage, from the Ice Cream and Soda, the Luncheonette and Public Telephone, Heinz Strained Beets posters, Rays Printing & Letter Co., to Johnny’s Show Shine Parlor surrounded by dogs with its open door policy.


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