Saturday, June 20, 2015
I am still slogging my way through some old scans for "Anything Goes Saturdays", since I am being indecisive and haven't bought a new scanner to replace my old one, which is geshplonken. So... why not visit New York City's Times Square? It might be touristy as hell, but if you've never been, you need to see it at least once in your life (preferably at night, now that it is relatively safe).
Speaking of nighttime, check out this neat night photo from 1955, looking mostly toward the old Bond (not James Bond) clothing store; it opened in 1940, and was known as the "cathedral of clothing". I think we can classify the architecture as "subtle and refined". There used to be two giant nude figures on top of the building, but it appears as though they have been replaced with gargantuan Pepsi bottles (one for Sanda, one for Gaira) by 1955. You can see one movie marquee advertising "The Desperate Hours", starring Humphrey Bogart and Frederic March.
This next photo isn't that great, but I threw it in because it is from 1947. That's nearly 70 years ago!
Here's one from September of 1968, is kind of neat; there's the Bond store to our right again. The movie theater is showing "Rosemary's Baby". I like the giant pop art billboard for the Julie Andrews movie "Star!" (a notorious big-budget flop). The gray sky and haze gives this photo an interesting atmosphere. You can't tell on this jpeg, but the theater just below the Julie Andrews sign is showing "The Thomas Crown Affair".
This one is so dark that I almost skipped it, but what the hell; it doesn't cost any more to include it. To our right, the Victoria Theater is showing Dino DeLaurentis' "The Bible" (directed by John Huston). The Forum is showing "How the West Was Won"... it was the era of BIG movie epics.
I hope you have enjoyed your visit to Times Square!