41 Vintage Photographs Showing Life in New York City During the 1930s and 1940s

John Albok (1894–1982) was a Hungarian photographer who immigrated to the United States and documented street scenes in New York City during the Great Depression and later.

In 1921 and opened a tailor shop on Madison Avenue, between 96th and 97th Streets, which he also used as a location for his pursuit of photography.

For sixty years, using a 5×7 view camera and then a twin lens reflex camera, Albok took as his subject people and passersby outside his shop, and New York City life during the Depression, and World War II. Central Park, children, street scenes, and people at leisure were also among his preferred subjects.

Of his Depression photographs, Albok remarked: “I photographed many poor souls, trying my best to leave them their most precious heritage-their dignity. There was nothing else left.”

He printed and developed his photographs in his tailor shop.

(Photos by John Albok)

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