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Comelade
March 26th, 2006, 02:57 AM
A large photographer of the 40's

http://www.rebeccalepkoff.com/2/FortysecondSt1940s.jpg

http://www.rebeccalepkoff.com/2/14thSt.nr.UnionSquare.jpg

http://www.rebeccalepkoff.com/aafish4.jpg



http://www.transalt.org/e-bulletin/2006/March/images/lepkoff3.jpg


http://www.transalt.org/e-bulletin/2006/March/images/lepkoff1.jpg


Site
http://www.rebeccalepkoff.com/index.html

antinimby
March 26th, 2006, 03:08 AM
The luncheonettes, now replaced by Starbucks and McDonald's.
Those Drakes devil dogs look tasty and they're cheap, too.

http://www.rebeccalepkoff.com/2/14thSt.nr.UnionSquare.jpg

Fabrizio
March 26th, 2006, 07:57 AM
Some urban archeology:

http://www.drakescake.com/

"Smith Brothers Ice Cream" son later founded "Früsen-Gladjé" :

http://daily.nysun.com/Repository/getmailfiles.asp?Style=OliveXLib:ArticleToMail&Type=text/html&Path=NYS/2005/02/08&ID=Ar00501

"Joan of Arc" places this photo at 1948.

Ingrid Bergman´s daughters are the actress Isabella Rosellini and the journalist Pia Lindstrom.

And Chevrolet is still (though probably not for long) the "best selling" car brand in the US.... although hardly "the best looking" or of "advance design"

856 Broadway is where that cinema complex is today at Union Square.

lofter1
March 26th, 2006, 12:55 PM
42nd Street (between B'way / 8th Ave.) late 1940s
(from left Apollo Theatre, Times Square Theatre, Lyric Theatre, Victory Theatre):

http://www.rebeccalepkoff.com/2/FortysecondSt1940s.jpg

Same block early 1970's ( http://www.nyc-architecture.com/MID/MID116.htm )

http://www.nyc-architecture.com/MID/MID-42nd_Street_1975.jpg

Same block mid-70's at night (aka "Taxi Driver") http://www.tomcirillo.com/du%20jour%20images/times%20square.jpg :

http://www.tomcirillo.com/du%20jour%20images/times%20square.jpg

Same block early 90's:

http://www.nyc-architecture.com/MID/MID-42nd_Street_1993.jpg

Same block ~ 2001
(from left Duke Rehearsal Studios, vacant Times Square Theatre, entrance to the Ford Theatre, New Victory Theatre, Reuters Building w/ subway entrance)

http://www.nyc-photo-gallery.com/Galleries/Times_Square/times-square-001.jpg

Same block @ 2006
(from left Loew's E-Walk Cinemas, Duke Rehearsal Studios / American Airlines Theatre, vacant Times Square Theatre w/netting for renovation as the Marc Ecko flagship store, entrance to the Hilton Theatre [previously Ford Theatre], New Victory Theatre, Reuters Building)

http://www.projectcontrolgrp.com/images/MDY14_008.jpg

Fabrizio
March 26th, 2006, 01:49 PM
NYTimes review of 'That Woman' starring Eva Renzi :

Published: July 19, 1968

"SHE'S quite a girl" is the understatement of the year made by an admirer of Eva Renzi, who is "That Woman" in a sex seminar that began sessions yesterday at the Rialto II Theater for the benefit of students of Krafft-Ebing or anyone else in the Times Square area.

Miss Renzi is a tall, willowy, photogenic blonde well equipped to play the film's swinging fashion model. But unfortunately she has problems. She says she's in love with the high, the mighty and the low she constantly seeks out and turns on. But in short order, the English-dubbed dialogue of the 1966 German-made voyeur's delight underlines the obvious when Paul Hubschmid, as a handsome construction tycoon, points out to his associate, Harald Leipnitz, another of her conquests, that "she's a nympho."

There is some high-toned business chatter about contracts and buildings. But not enough to conflict with the basic business of embraces, a nude swimming scene or a couple of night-club sequences involving a pair of torrid lovers and a voluptuous, grinding stripper, respectively. A cold, terrifying angst may grip the heroine at the finale but after having seen "That Woman" in action it should only be minutes before she's back in action again.

----------------------------

THAT WOMAN, written, produced and directed by Will Tremper for UFA; presented by Joe Green; distributed by Globe Pictures, Inc. At the Riallo II, 42d Street, west of Broadway. Running time: 83 minutes.

Comelade
March 26th, 2006, 02:18 PM
Thank Lofter1

lofter1
March 26th, 2006, 03:07 PM
Good correction, Fabrizio ...

Seems that both the photos that I labeled from the '70s are actually a bit earlier (although release dates of films don't tell the full story, as 42nd St. in those days wasn't necessarily showing "first runs"):

From the b/w shot:

"THE NOTORIOUS DAUGHTER OF FANNY HILL" (1966): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060761/


http://ia.imdb.com/media/imdb/01/I/44/21/70m.jpg (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/)
Plot Outline: Kissy Hill, the daughter of a notorious madam in 19th Century London, follows in her late mother's footsteps with prositution in catering to various upper class gentlemen.

User Comments: A disappointing release from Something Weird Video

Credited cast:

Stacey Walker (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0908218/) .... Miss Kissy Hill
James Brand (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0104472/) .... The Orgymaster


"THE CASTING DIRECTOR" (1968): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0173713/
Plot Summary: A short silent comedy in which a young actress enters a casting director's office for an audition. The director (loveable Bob Cresse) appears to be bored by her demonstration of acting and cuts to the nitty gritty. The actress is unabashed and procedes to do a striptease. As she completes her "act" the door opens to admit... the REAL casting director! The bogus director fumbles with his fancy cravat, removing it and begins to use it as a duster... exit the office cleaner, stage left.

Credited cast:
Bob Cresse (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0187563/)

The film title on the farthest visible marquee appears to star Kirk Morris (aka Adriano Bellini: One of the many muscle men of peplum who dominated Italian sword-and-sandal epics in the early 60s, Italian Kirk Morris (born Adriano Bellini) was born in the late 1930s and plucked from the canals of Venice for his go at moviedom. A gondolier when discovered by an Italian movie producer, he was deemed a perfect speciman to showcase their spectacles and a fitting hero to help offset the silly special effects and ridiculously dubbed dialogue. If one must try to distinguish Kirk from the rest of the mythical bodybuilders (Steve Reeves, Alan Steel, Richard Harrison, Dan Vadis, Reg Park, Brad Harris, et al.), he often dyed his pompadour-styled hair blond and he had a slight, sulky resemblance to Elvis Presley.)

The film is most likely either:

"Hercules, Samson & Ulysses" (1963): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057036/

or

"Hercules of the Desert" (1964): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0139696/


From the color night shot ...


"THE FILTHY 5" (1968): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062972/
Tagline: Oversexed and underdressed

Plot Outline: A young rising boxer is torn between choosing two women to be with in his life, a stripper and a TV star, both of whom join forces to make him be dependent on one forever.

Credited cast:
Anne Linden (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0511581/).... Rita Roman
Matthew Garth (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0308641/).... Johnny Longo (as Matt Garth)

"FIRECREEK" (1968): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062975/


http://ia.imdb.com/media/imdb/01/I/30/46/80m.jpg (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/)

Tagline: Two legendary stars headed for a showdown.

Plot Summary: The folk of small western town Firecreek stand up for their rights after gunmen abuse them, leading to an extravagant final battle between good-guy Jimmy Stewart and bad-guy Henry Fonda.

Cast overview, first billed only:

James Stewart (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000071/).... Johnny Cobb
Henry Fonda (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000020/).... Bob Larkin
Inger Stevens (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0828447/).... Evelyn Pittman
Gary Lockwood (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0516972/).... Earl
Dean Jagger (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0415591/).... Whittier
Ed Begley (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0003225/).... Preacher Broyles




"THE WAY WEST" (1967): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062479/


http://ia.imdb.com/media/imdb/01/I/55/89/51m.jpg (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/)


Plot Summary: Missouri 1843: ex-senator Tudlock and scout Summers lead a trek of settlers to Oregon, through more than 2500 kilometers of mostly Indian territory. Tadlock drives his people mercilessly. When his ambition costs some people's lifes, his ability is questioned. Settler Evan takes over command.

Cast overview, first billed only:

Kirk Douglas (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000018/) .... Sen. William J. Tadlock
Robert Mitchum (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000053/) .... Dick Summers
Richard Widmark (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001847/) .... Lije Evans
Lola Albright (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0017030/) .... Rebecca 'Becky' Evans
Sally Field (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000398/) .... Mercy McBee

"CHISUM" (1970): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0065547/



http://ia.imdb.com/media/imdb/01/I/32/99/23m.jpg (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0065547/photogallery)

Plot Outline: As one of the founders of the town of Lincoln, John Chisum is increasingly worried as Lawrence Murphy moves in on the local stores, bank and land by questionable means. Chisum and fellow honest ranch owner Henry Tunstall try and use the law, but Murphy owns that too. Confrontation threatens and Tunstall's man Billy Bonney is not slow to get involved.

Cast overview, first billed only:



John Wayne (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000078/) .... John Simpson Chisum
Forrest Tucker (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0875861/) .... Lawrence Murphy
Christopher George (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0313387/) .... Dan Nodeen
Ben Johnson (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0424565/) .... James Pepper

antinimby
March 28th, 2006, 02:20 AM
Here's one showing the opposite side of 42nd street in the 1930's. The Candler and McGraw-Hill buildings appear prominently.

http://img87.imageshack.us/img87/4223/candlerbanknewyorkcity7ml.jpg

JC
March 30th, 2006, 02:42 PM
Great thread. The 2006 photo looks very familiar form my 2004 trip to NY. BUt I was there in 1994, and teh 1993 photo looks implausably antiquated. I'm not saying it's not dated correctly, but it looks so old - could be the 1970s.


DOes anyone know wher ethe 1993 photo came from/ Any more from the same source available?

lofter1
March 30th, 2006, 03:48 PM
DOes anyone know wher ethe 1993 photo came from/ Any more from the same source available?
It came from here (lots more there):

http://www.nyc-architecture.com/SPEC/GAL-MID-TIMES.htm

Comelade
March 30th, 2006, 09:12 PM
It came from here (lots more there):

http://www.nyc-architecture.com/SPEC/GAL-MID-TIMES.htm

the photograph with James Dean is very beautiful

http://www.nyc-architecture.com/SPEC/Z-MID-188.jpg

TomAuch
April 15th, 2006, 06:46 PM
This pic looks like something out of the movie Taxi Driver:
http://www.tomcirillo.com/du%20jour%20images/times%20square.jpg

I'm also impressed by the comparision between 1993 and 2006. It shows how much the city has turned around in just 13 years.

SLuRP
April 26th, 2006, 09:26 AM
...the pix' are such an eye-opener but oo00OOH how thangs' have changed and nightlife has died in Times Square...(siiigh*)

LeCom
April 27th, 2006, 05:11 PM
42nd Street (between B'way / 8th Ave.) late 1940s
(from left Apollo Theatre, Times Square Theatre, Lyric Theatre, Victory Theatre):

http://www.rebeccalepkoff.com/2/FortysecondSt1940s.jpg

Same block early 1970's ( http://www.nyc-architecture.com/MID/MID116.htm )

http://www.nyc-architecture.com/MID/MID-42nd_Street_1975.jpg

Same block mid-70's at night (aka "Taxi Driver") http://www.tomcirillo.com/du%20jour%20images/times%20square.jpg :

http://www.tomcirillo.com/du%20jour%20images/times%20square.jpg

Same block early 90's:

http://www.nyc-architecture.com/MID/MID-42nd_Street_1993.jpg

Same block ~ 2001
(from left Duke Rehearsal Studios, vacant Times Square Theatre, entrance to the Ford Theatre, New Victory Theatre, Reuters Building w/ subway entrance)

http://www.nyc-photo-gallery.com/Galleries/Times_Square/times-square-001.jpg

Same block @ 2006
(from left Loew's E-Walk Cinemas, Duke Rehearsal Studios / American Airlines Theatre, vacant Times Square Theatre w/netting for renovation as the Marc Ecko flagship store, entrance to the Hilton Theatre [previously Ford Theatre], New Victory Theatre, Reuters Building)

http://www.projectcontrolgrp.com/images/MDY14_008.jpg

Amazing. I am there every week and never seen these pictures.

kz1000ps
April 28th, 2006, 09:35 PM
BUt I was there in 1994, and teh 1993 photo looks implausably antiquated. I'm not saying it's not dated correctly, but it looks so old - could be the 1970s.


I agree with you there, it looks and feels a lot older. But the three cars in that picture put the age of the photo somewhere between 1985 and circa 1990. The taxi, an '86-90 Chevy Caprice, tells me the photo is probably not much newer than 1990 because that taxi and the one (perhaps two?) behind it are of the same style - no (or at least very few) '91 or newer super-round Caprices in service yet, and none in this picture. So that means absolutely no later than, say, '92 or '93. On the other hand, the car in the middle (somewhat obscured by the peds) is an '85-89 Subaru GL sedan, meaning the photo is without a doubt no older than the late summer of '84 (when next year's cars go on sale).

The car on the right is an '80-86 Dodge Diplomat or Plymouth Caravelle (corporate clones, different brands).

Regardless, these photos really are amazing. The one that evokes Taxi Driver is stunning, precisely because of what it evokes.

nycbound
April 28th, 2006, 11:43 PM
Comelade- Thanks so much for posting these pics, I shared them w/my Grandfather who grew up in NY during this time & he really enjoyed them.:)