Lush Kodachrome Photos of Manhattan In The Early 1940s

Manhattan in Kodachrome 1941-42

Charles Weever Cushman (1896 – 1972) was in New York City in July 1941 and September 1942. A keen amateur photographer and Indiana University alumnus, Cushman took approximately 14,500 Kodachrome colour slides from 1938 to 1969, during which time he extensively documented the United States as well as other countries. He took meticulous notes about each and every photograph, filling dozens of notebooks with details as he witnessed the world changing around him. Charles Cushman’s work is kept at the Indiana University Libraries.


Manhattan 1940s

Residents of lower Clinton St near East river Saturday afternoon 1941


New York City 1940s

Street in New York’s Chinatown 1942


Old lady reads Sunday paper. Lower East Side N.Y.C. 1942

Lower Manhattan 1942

Manhattan 1940s

Manhattan 1940s

Chinese store windows New York 1942

Manhattan 1940s

Portable soft drink stand at Bowling Green 1942

Manhattan 1940s

Crowd gathers during Salvage collection in lower East Side. 1942

Manhattan 1940s

Collecting the salvage on lower East Side. 1942

Hot Sweet Potatoes, 1942

Manhattan 1940s

Lower East Side, 1942

Manhattan 1940s

McSorley’s Old Ale House. E. 7th St. 1942

In N.Y.’s Chinatown 1942

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Stores near corner of Broome St. and Baruch Place, Lower East Side. New York City

At City Hall Square New York City

Lower East Side Corner Broome St. Baruch Pl. Saturday afternoon

Manhattan 1940s

Lower Manhattan from Jersey City ferry boat 1941

Statue of Liberty from the Battery New York harbor

Manhattan 1940s

On New York’s lower East Side

Approaching Liberty St. ferry, New York City

Skyscrapers Looking toward financial District from an East River pier. New York City

Manhattan 1940s

New York City Lower East Side Flat bldgs. Clinton St. 1941

Via Indiana University Archives.

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