The Real Deal New York

14 color photos show what NYC looked like in the early 1940s

By Business Insider | October 16, 2016 10:00AM

 Photo: Courtesy of Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection / Indiana University Archives


Photo: Courtesy of Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection / Indiana University Archives

Amateur photographer Charles W. Cushman traveled extensively in the US and abroad from 1938 to 1969, capturing beautiful snapshots of everyday life. His archive has been donated to and maintained by Cushman’s alma mater, Indiana University, which has given us permission to publish his gallery of New York City photos taken in 1941 and 1942.

These images give a glimpse into what everyday life in Chinatown, the Financial District, and Midtown was like more than 70 years ago.

 Photo: Courtesy of Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection / Indiana University Archives


Photo: Courtesy of Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection / Indiana University Archives

 Photo: Courtesy of Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection / Indiana University Archives


Photo: Courtesy of Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection / Indiana University Archives

 Photo: Courtesy of Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection / Indiana University Archives


Photo: Courtesy of Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection / Indiana University Archives

 Photo: Courtesy of Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection / Indiana University Archives


Photo: Courtesy of Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection / Indiana University Archives

 Photo: Courtesy of Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection / Indiana University Archives


Photo: Courtesy of Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection / Indiana University Archives

 Photo: Courtesy of Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection / Indiana University Archives


Photo: Courtesy of Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection / Indiana University Archives

 Photo: Courtesy of Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection / Indiana University Archives


Photo: Courtesy of Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection / Indiana University Archives

 Photo: Courtesy of Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection / Indiana University Archives


Photo: Courtesy of Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection / Indiana University Archives

 Photo: Courtesy of Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection / Indiana University Archives


Photo: Courtesy of Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection / Indiana University Archives

 Photo: Courtesy of Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection / Indiana University Archives


Photo: Courtesy of Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection / Indiana University Archives

 Photo: Courtesy of Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection / Indiana University Archives


Photo: Courtesy of Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection / Indiana University Archives

 Photo: Courtesy of Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection / Indiana University Archives


Photo: Courtesy of Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection / Indiana University Archives

 Photo: Courtesy of Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection / Indiana University Archives


Photo: Courtesy of Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection / Indiana University Archives

 Photo: Courtesy of Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection / Indiana University Archives


Photo: Courtesy of Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection / Indiana University Archives