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31 vintage photos show what New York City looked like in the early 1940s

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nyc, 1940s, charles cushmanAmateur 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.

Kamelia Angelova wrote an earlier version of this story.

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The old Fulton Market in Manhattan's Lower East Side wasn't quite so bustling on this Saturday afternoon in 1941.

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



There were still traffic jams on South Street along the East River even in 1941.

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



Here, a view of the East River and the majestic Brooklyn Bridge.

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



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