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A Snapshot Of The Past

Thu Jul 25, 2013 3:58 am

Times Square, New York, December 1962.


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Re: A Snapshot Of The Past

Fri Jul 26, 2013 2:24 am

I love looking at old pictures. It's interesting how people dressed then as opposed to now. Men would wear suit and tie while women would wear dresses and oftentimes gloves just to go out in public. I bet that they would be shocked to see how some people dress nowadays.

Re: A Snapshot Of The Past

Fri Jul 26, 2013 7:11 am

TCB-FAN wrote:Times Square, New York, December 1962.


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Wouldn't it be a lot colder in New York in December? Snow on the ground, and all?

I suspect this photo was taken in the spring of 1963.

Neat photo, though.

Also, what's with all the FB-sourced images?
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Re: A Snapshot Of The Past

Fri Jul 26, 2013 11:43 pm

Thought the movie ┬źLawrence Of Arabia┬╗ (which can be seen playing at a theater on the right) was released on December 16, 1962, the lack of snow anywhere, as pointed out by the Doc, tends to make me agree with him and place this pix as late winter / early spring 1963. The movie was such a success that it could still be playing there (either the original release or the January 1963 edited release.)

Re: A Snapshot Of The Past

Sat Jul 27, 2013 12:10 am

Mister Mike wrote:The lack of snow anywhere, as pointed out by the Doc, tends to make me agree with him and place this pix as late winter / early spring 1963.



According to the old farmer's almanac, there was barely any snowfall in NYC in December '62, even though the average temp was around 30 F.

Link :
http://www.almanac.com/weather/history/ ... 1962-12-24

Re: A Snapshot Of The Past

Sat Jul 27, 2013 12:53 am

My father took me to see that movie when it came out here

Re: A Snapshot Of The Past

Sat Jul 27, 2013 4:49 am

TCB-FAN wrote:
Mister Mike wrote:The lack of snow anywhere, as pointed out by the Doc, tends to make me agree with him and place this pix as late winter / early spring 1963.



According to the old farmer's almanac, there was barely any snowfall in NYC in December '62, even though the average temp was around 30 F.

Link :
http://www.almanac.com/weather/history/ ... 1962-12-24


Look at that photo and tell us if you think the people in it are walking around in thirty-degree weather.

Re: A Snapshot Of The Past

Sun Jul 28, 2013 3:43 am

I'm going to throw in a guess and say Wednesday January 15th 1963.

Re: A Snapshot Of The Past

Sun Jul 28, 2013 4:41 am

Just a side note.......as I was comparing weather data over a 50 year period on the farmer's almanac website, it seems the winters in the Northeast U.S. including New York have gotten considerably warmer over the years. Global warming perhaps ? Was Al Gore right all along ?

I guess those old geezers weren't that senile when they say that "Winters aren't what they used to be." They're probably right.

Re: A Snapshot Of The Past

Sun Jul 28, 2013 7:40 am

"Lawrence of Arabia" is at the big theater. One assumes it had recently come out. So, I'll go check the Wiki on it, and see the date! Hold up a sec.

Here's the WiKi. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_of_Arabia_(film)

Apparently they were made of sterner stuff back then. I would have had scarf, my deerskin mittens, silly knit cap with pom-pom that says "'BAMA". . . but I wasn't born, so I guess that's a good thing.

rjm

Re: A Snapshot Of The Past

Sun Jul 28, 2013 10:25 am

rjm wrote:"Lawrence of Arabia" is at the big theater. One assumes it had recently come out.


One assumes such a successful movie, released in mid-December 1962, would be in the big theater for at least a few months. Plus its "Oscar Buzz" would further fuel ticket sales. The film was nominated in late February for 11 Oscars, and the ceremony was held on April 8. It won 7 of those 11 awards.

Again, I'll bet the photo is circa March-April 1963 (Spring).

Re: A Snapshot Of The Past

Sun Jul 28, 2013 10:45 am

drjohncarpenter wrote:
rjm wrote:"Lawrence of Arabia" is at the big theater. One assumes it had recently come out.


One assumes such a successful movie, released in mid-December 1962, would be in the big theater for at least a few months. Plus its "Oscar Buzz" would further fuel ticket sales. The film was nominated in late February for 11 Oscars, and the ceremony was held on April 8. It won 7 of those 11 awards.

Again, I'll bet the photo is circa March-April 1963 (Spring).


That could be! I think it ran 44 weeks. So, there you go. But it's true that back then, men wore standard overcoats, and women something similar, and with practically bare legs (!!); no Polarfleece-lined jeans . . . it was a savage time. (As soon as it hits 55, I gear up!)

Looks like it could indeed be early Spring. I looked for a while for a better quality photograph of this time and place, but there's nothing. This looks like it was from a very poor quality postcard.

rjm

Re: A Snapshot Of The Past

Sun Jul 28, 2013 12:43 pm

The white type on the red strip just above the film title outside the cinema seems to say BEST PICTURE OF THE YEAR, which would indicate that this is April. And is that a picture of an Oscar on the sign?

Alternatively, there's a possibility that it could perhaps say NOMINATED FOR ... BEST PICTURE OF THE YEAR which would place it maybe a month or so earlier?

Re: A Snapshot Of The Past

Sun Jul 28, 2013 12:52 pm

George Smith wrote:The white type on the red strip just above the film title outside the cinema seems to say BEST PICTURE OF THE YEAR, which would indicate that this is April. And is that a picture of an Oscar on the sign?


It says exactly what you spotted, right down to the Oscar icon. So the marquee has to date to no earlier than April 8, 1963!

I just knew it was not Christmas-time in that photo. No snow, no cold people, no grey skies and not a single holiday sign, ornament, light or tree in sight!

Thanks, George Smith, for underscoring my observations.

Re: A Snapshot Of The Past

Sun Jul 28, 2013 7:51 pm

rjm wrote:"Lawrence of Arabia" is at the big theater. One assumes it had recently come out. So, I'll go check the Wiki on it, and see the date! Hold up a sec.

Here's the WiKi. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_of_Arabia_(film)

rjm

If you had read my post, you would have seen that I had already done all the work for you....

Re: A Snapshot Of The Past

Thu Aug 01, 2013 10:51 pm

Ahhh the good ol' days when peanut butter was sold in metal cans. (Circa 1940's)

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