Great Photos Of Mid-Century New York City By Frank Oscar Larson

Great Photos Of Mid-Century New York City By Frank Oscar Larson
Pigeons gather in Times Square on a rainy day in 1954 in front of the marquee for “A Star is Born” starring Judy Garland..

When Frank Larson died on a visit to New York City to see the World’s Fair 1964, he left behind thousands of negatives. Working as an auditor in Queens, Frank would take a break from the daily grind to photograph the streets as he walked the world’s most vibrant city.

Frank developed and printed all his photos in a darkroom in his basement, and entered some of them in local amateur photographic competitions. In 2014, the widow of Frank’s younger of two sons found “the family shutterbug’s” treasure trove in her attic. Her son Soren Larson developed some of the negatives, and brought them to the Queens Museum of Art, where they are currently on show.

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A woman peers out from a ticket booth of a movie theater in New York’s Times Square in 1954:
Great Photos Of Mid-Century New York City By Frank Oscar Larson

A man works on New York City souvenirs with his sewing machine in November 1954:
Great Photos Of Mid-Century New York City By Frank Oscar Larson

Delivery men, construction workers, cooks, cobblers and kids, just going about their business:
Great Photos Of Mid-Century New York City By Frank Oscar Larson

A group of ladies chilling on the street of NYC, 1954:
Great Photos Of Mid-Century New York City By Frank Oscar Larson

The view from the top of a Rockefeller Center escalator looks out onto Fifth Avenue:
Great Photos Of Mid-Century New York City By Frank Oscar Larson

Two parade officials watch New York’s Saint Patrick’s Day parade pass by on Fifth Avenue as one of them sneaks a cigarette break:
Great Photos Of Mid-Century New York City By Frank Oscar Larson

Professional skaters make a gutsy move in this shot, taken at the Rockefeller Center:
Great Photos Of Mid-Century New York City By Frank Oscar Larson

A group poses for a picture at Pier 86, on 46th Street:
Great Photos Of Mid-Century New York City By Frank Oscar Larson

A street performer promotes the film “Johnny Guitar” on the sidewalks of Times Square in Spring, 1954:
Great Photos Of Mid-Century New York City By Frank Oscar Larson

A Ballantine beer truck stops to make a delivery in front of the NBC Television Theatre:
Great Photos Of Mid-Century New York City By Frank Oscar Larson

Two men chat in a coffee shop window near Times Square in April 1954:
Great Photos Of Mid-Century New York City By Frank Oscar Larson

The Chrysler Building is reflected in a sidewalk puddle on 42nd St. in April 1954:
Great Photos Of Mid-Century New York City By Frank Oscar Larson

A group of businessmen huddle together at the window of the Associated Press office at Rockefeller Center to read the latest news, 1955:
Great Photos Of Mid-Century New York City By Frank Oscar Larson

St. Patrick’s Cathedral:
Great Photos Of Mid-Century New York City By Frank Oscar Larson

Manhattan photo booths in April 1954:
Great Photos Of Mid-Century New York City By Frank Oscar Larson

A woman suns herself outside the entrance to the New York Public Library in 1955 in this photo, called “Lady and the Lion”:
Great Photos Of Mid-Century New York City By Frank Oscar Larson

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