Saturday, October 26, 2013
I haven't spent nearly as much time in New York City as I'd like... what a place! I admit to feeling a bit overwhelmed there, since I'm used to the relatively wide-open spaces of SoCal. But I still love it. This "Anything Goes" Saturday features two vintage pix.
Here's a great 1950's photo featuring wonderful vintage cars in front ot the New York Public Library (on 42nd Street). Did you know that the NYPL is the third-largest library in the world?? The beautiful Beaux-Arts building was completed in 1911, and has millions of books - most of the volumes are either "Harry Potter" books or "Twilight" books, but what's wrong with that? The library also has a significant collection rare maps and manuscripts, and other brainy treasures.
Here's another neat photo, scanned from a faded slide - but still pretty awesome. Check out those massive Times Square theater marquees! We can date this image to around 1949... Cole Porter's "Kiss Me Kate" debuted on Broadway at the end of 1948, and Carol Reed's "The 3rd Man" (one of my favorite movies!) opened in 1949. Man, those neon signs are massive. Imagine how much one of those would have cost.