Harold Mayer was a professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a leading scholar in urban geography. A specialist in urban and transport geography of North America with a focus on New York, Chicago, Milwaukee, and British Columbia, Mayer travelled widely, taking photographs along the way. He used his large photographic collection in his teaching. To illustrate changes in urban landscape, he often returned to the same city to take a picture of the same sight over the course of several years. His collection can be viewed at the American Geographical Society. These are his Kodachrome photographs of Manhattan, New York City, taken in the 1940s and 1950s.
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