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NYC in the 1940s: Stroll through NYC's past with these vintage pictures

Vintage has made a comeback.

From old-school street vendors to skyscrapers, take a tour of New York City in the 1940s with these photos.

Washington Market

Washington Market in Lower Manhattan pictured in 1941.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Library of Congress / LC-DIG-ppmsca-12741

Washington Market in Lower Manhattan pictured in 1941.

Washington Market produce trucks

Long lines of trucks are loaded with produce
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Library of Congress / World Telegram & Sun photo by Al Ravenna

Long lines of trucks are loaded with produce at Washington Market in Lower Manhattan in 1946.

New York City skyscrapers

An aerial view of New York City on
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Library of Congress / World Telegram & Sun photo by F. Palumbo

An aerial view of New York City on Aug. 17, 1945.

NYC street vendor

A man sells peanuts and raisins from his
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Library of Congress / World Telegram & Sun photo by F. Palumbo

A man sells peanuts and raisins from his pushcart in New York City in 1947.

Washington Square

Children play with their tricycles in Washington Square
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Library of Congress / World Telegram & Sun photo by F. Palumbo

Children play with their tricycles in Washington Square on Aug. 3, 1948.

Harlem River Houses

The Harlem River Houses, located on Seventh Avenue
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Library of Congress / Gottscho-Schleisner Collection

The Harlem River Houses, located on Seventh Avenue and 151 Street in Manhattan, on Dec. 14, 1940.

Harlem River Houses courtyard

Courtyard at the Harlem River Houses, located on
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Library of Congress / Gottscho-Schleisner Collection

Courtyard at the Harlem River Houses, located on Seventh Avenue and 151 Street in Manhattan, on Dec. 14, 1940.

Working women

Women taking the qualifying exam for the New
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Library of Congress / World Telegram & Sun photo by Dick De Marsico

Women taking the qualifying exam for the New York City Police Department in 1947.

Brick Presbyterian Church

Brick Presbyterian Church, located at 91st Street and
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Library of Congress / Gottscho-Schleisner Collection

Brick Presbyterian Church, located at 91st Street and Park Avenue in Manhattan, on April 24, 1940.

Traffic on West 37th Street

Delivery trucks jam West 37th Street along Seventh
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Library of Congress / World Telegram & Sun photo by Al Aumuller

Delivery trucks jam West 37th Street along Seventh Avenue in 1945.

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