Beautiful Vintage Kodachrome Photos of Mid-Century Manhattan, New York City

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These Kodachrome photographs were taken by Harold Mayer, a pioneer of urban geography and specialist in urban and transport geography of North America, especially New York, Chicago, Milwaukee, and British Columbia. A professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, during his academic career, Professor Mayor gathered a large photographic collection to teach his students.

Take a look back at Manhattan, New York City in the 1940s and 1950s through these 13 fascinating vintage color photographs below:

Times Square, 1948.

United Nations buildings under construction, 1951.

Ambassador Hotel on Park Avenue, 1950s.

Washington Square Park Arch, 1956.

Lower East Side, 1956.

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