Before Stanley Kubrick directed arguably some of the best movies ever made like "2001: Space Odyssey" or "The Shining," he was a simple teenager in New York looking for a job. But even then, when the 17-year-old got his hands on a photo camera, he couldn't hide the talent within.

Bored Panda has gathered a collection of his photos of New York from 1945 to 1950, when he was working in the Look magazine. During that time Stanley got many insights into what makes a photograph work: "I think aesthetically recording spontaneous action, rather than carefully posing a picture, is the most valid and expressive use of photography."

He quickly made a name for himself by telling stories through photos, which eventually led him to moving pictures and his place in the filmmakers' hall of fame.

Oh, and if you're into street photography as well, let Stanley himself give you a tip: "Think up ideas for stories, go out and shoot them, and then send them into the magazines. I was lucky; I figured that out when I was young."

(h/t: vintage everyday)

#1 Walking The Streets Of New York, 1946

Walking The Streets Of New York, 1946

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John L 1 year ago

It seems clear to me, that by seventeen, Mr. Kubrick was fully aware of the important things in life. ;D

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#2 Student At Columbia University, 1948

Student At Columbia University, 1948

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PyroarRanger 1 year ago

Wow! Amazing! The picture and girl is amazing! Also I would probably fall on the first step.

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#3 Girl With A Lipstick, 1940

Girl With A Lipstick, 1940

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John L 1 year ago

While learning to walk, how many times did you fall? Did you give up and hate walking? Tennyson-5...f351a0.jpg Tennyson-59a99d6f351a0.jpg

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#4 Couple Sleeping In A Subway Car, 1940s

Couple Sleeping In A Subway Car, 1940s

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PyroarRanger 1 year ago

Aww!

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#5 Couple, 1940

Couple, 1940

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Hope Floats 1 year ago

" Your secret love's no secret..Anymore". ( As Doris Day once sang..)

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#6 High Wire Act, 1948

High Wire Act, 1948

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Tillie Martinussen 1 year ago

Great shot! He really had an eye for angles! Wow! Done with only the equipment ready by then. Wow!

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#7 Shoe Shine Boy, 1940

Shoe Shine Boy, 1940

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Andi 1 year ago

I like that Mickey has his name on his shoeshine box

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#8 Dogs In A Convertible, 1949

Dogs In A Convertible, 1949

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Kat O'Day 1 year ago

Not just dogs......Afghan Hounds👍

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#9 Self Portrait With Showgirl Rosemary Williams, 1948

Self Portrait With Showgirl Rosemary Williams, 1948

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Galeanthropy2017 1 year ago

His expression...XD

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#10 People On Escalators In A Subway Station, 1940

People On Escalators In A Subway Station, 1940

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BobbyK 1 year ago

I actually did this same series for my photo class in 1970. The escalator is the Lexington Ave.-53rd St E/F train

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#11 Young Girl At Palisades Amusement Park, 1946

Young Girl At Palisades Amusement Park, 1946

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Jacqui Wilson 1 year ago

I'd love to know if these people are still around and are aware that they're now being looked at by complete strangers in a completely different world to the one they were depicted in.

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#12 Laboratory At Columbia University, 1948

Laboratory At Columbia University, 1948

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Neeraj Jha 1 year ago

These shades are back in vogue now..

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#13 Couple Playing Footsies On A Subway, 1946

Couple Playing Footsies On A Subway, 1946

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John L 1 year ago

"If you think that feels good, I may just rub another leg when we get home." hint, hint.

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#14 Shoe Shine Boy, 1940

Shoe Shine Boy, 1940

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John L 1 year ago

Mickey's getting a head start with the "New York Hustle". He's got a good future ahead. :D

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#15 Betsy Von Furstenberg, 1949

Betsy Von Furstenberg, 1949

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Roisin Carey 1 year ago

He really captured her. I'm wondering what she's reading and imagining her personality.

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#16 Girl With Dolls, 1947

Girl With Dolls, 1947

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John L 1 year ago

Please don't take my baby away. :(

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#17 Students Drawing A Nude Model In An Art Class, 1948, Columbia University

Students Drawing A Nude Model In An Art Class, 1948, Columbia University

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Flora Polvado 1 year ago

Drawing a nude, one of the least sexy things you could ever do. It can be amazingly difficult

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#18 Circus Side Show Performer, 1948

Circus Side Show Performer, 1948

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John L 1 year ago

To those with assets worth putting on display. Gravity may be the weakest known force in the universe, but it is constant, and never quits tugging down on them. Just a thought to consider. ;D

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#19 Shoe Shine Boys (On Fence), 1947

Shoe Shine Boys (On Fence), 1947

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Tillie Martinussen 1 year ago

He found the people that others overlooked. I love his shoeshine boys.

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#20 Changing The Tire, 1946

Changing The Tire, 1946

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Norbert Sokolowski 1 year ago

He looks like young John Goodman :)

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#21 Showgirls At The Copacabana Club, 1948

Showgirls At The Copacabana Club, 1948

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Anne Spörer 1 year ago

Her name was Lola...she was a showgirl...

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#22 Shoe Shine Boy, Portrait Of Mickey, 1947

Shoe Shine Boy, Portrait Of Mickey, 1947

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John L 1 year ago

He uses Mickey an awful lot in his photographs. I wonder if he and Mickey continue along the same path in life?

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#23 Men Sleeping In A Subway Car, 1946

Men Sleeping In A Subway Car, 1946

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John L 1 year ago

Sleeping off the midnight shift.

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#24 Police Athletic League Boxing, 1946

Police Athletic League Boxing, 1946

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Ed Loftus 1 year ago

Even staged, the idea is amazing and largely successful. The light brick, black ropes, and overall composition are amazing . He knew what he wanted and clearly got it.

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#25 Passengers In A Subway Car, 1940s

Passengers In A Subway Car, 1940s

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Tillie Martinussen 1 year ago

He had quite the eye for everyday hustle and bustle of life. Awesome. Used photography to new stuff early in, not just portraits and "pretty stuff", but reality! Coooool

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#26 Johnny On The Spot, 1946

Johnny On The Spot, 1946

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#27 Rosemary Williams At A Restaurant With Two Men

Rosemary Williams At A Restaurant With Two Men

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Antonia 1 year ago

Very 'Mad Men'-like!

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#28 Doorman Walking Dog, 1949

Doorman Walking Dog, 1949

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Just JoLynn 1 year ago

Look at those beautiful cars!

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#29 Shoe Shine Boy, 1940

Shoe Shine Boy, 1940

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S Bagci 1 year ago

Is that Mickey again ?

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#30 Women In A Subway Car, 1946

Women In A Subway Car, 1946

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S Bagci 1 year ago

People sure sleep in subways a lot.

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#31 Shoe Shine Boys (Vendor), 1947

Shoe Shine Boys (Vendor), 1947

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John L 1 year ago

Trickle Down at work. Mickey and another of his fellow shoe shiners, spends some of their profits with another self-employed businessman.

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#32 Girls, 1940

Girls, 1940

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John L 1 year ago

Well dressed and moving with purpose past the theatre. :D

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#33 Passengers In A Subway Car, 1940s

Passengers In A Subway Car, 1940s

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Lara M. Dias 1 year ago

Batman and his parents.

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#34 Man Carrying Flowers On A Crowded Subway, 1946

Man Carrying Flowers On A Crowded Subway, 1946

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Edson Resendiz 1 year ago

The little girl is the main subject on this pocture, nit the man carrying flowers

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#35 Passengers Reading In A Subway Car, 1946

Passengers Reading In A Subway Car, 1946

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Pepper Ana 1 year ago

Why isn't there a gentleman giving up his seat for the ladies? Isn't this the era for that?

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#36 Waiting At The Dentist’s Office

Waiting At The Dentist’s Office

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Tread Head 1 year ago

One of the most feared people in the professional world is without a doubt the dentist. It's one thing that never seems to change. :D

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#37 Painter Tying Rope Around The Model's Waist, 1947

Painter Tying Rope Around The Model's Waist, 1947

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S Bagci 1 year ago

TORPEDO BOOBS

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#38 Shoe Shine Boy, 1940

Shoe Shine Boy, 1940

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John L 1 year ago

I've got more than nine pounds here....................

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#39 Film Crew, 1947

Film Crew, 1947

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Kevin Perry 1 year ago

They are filming Fred Trump kicked the blacks out of "his" housing.

#40 Guy Lombardo On A Dock, 1947-1948

Guy Lombardo On A Dock, 1947-1948

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John L 1 year ago

Thinking about that new tune and how to make it a hit. :D

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#41 Woman Watching Model Being Painted For The Billboard, 1947

Woman Watching Model Being Painted For The Billboard, 1947

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John L 1 year ago

For some reason, allergies always affect the nose first. You wait until you think nobody is watching and....................DAMN, caught again! :(

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#42 Woman Waiting On A Subway Platform, 1940s

Woman Waiting On A Subway Platform, 1940s

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Raquel Bacardi 1 year ago

That's a flirtatious smile!

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#43 Shoe Shine Boys, 1947

Shoe Shine Boys, 1947

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S Bagci 1 year ago

Hi Mickey.

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#44 Man Studying In A Library, 1948, Columbia University

Man Studying In A Library, 1948, Columbia University

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Κατερίνα Τριχιά 1 month ago

Looks like Jason Schwartzman

#45 Woman On The Train Platform, 1948

Woman On The Train Platform, 1948

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Yasmin Aviv 1 year ago

So stylish!

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#46 Men With German Shepherd On A Dock, 1949

Men With German Shepherd On A Dock, 1949

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Susann Campbell 1 year ago

The dog is probably another Vet.

#47 Woman Waiting On A Subway Platform, 1946

Woman Waiting On A Subway Platform, 1946

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Canadian Guy, eh 1 year ago

Kubrick really was amazing with those long shots. I.e. Paths of Glory

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#48 At An Outdoor Cafe With A Woman, 1948

At An Outdoor Cafe With A Woman, 1948

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Chung Madeline 1 year ago

What kind of material of the drinking straw?

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#49 Johnny Grant, 1946

Johnny Grant, 1946

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John L 1 year ago

Even in radio broadcasting, he was always around lots of flesh, and even in his later years. :D

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#50 General Dwight D. Eisenhower At Columbia University, 1948

General Dwight D. Eisenhower At Columbia University, 1948

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John L 1 year ago

Now, who is that guy? I remember him from somewhere. 🤔 😱 😊

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#51 Passengers In A Subway Car, 1946

Passengers In A Subway Car, 1946

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Roisin Carey 1 year ago

They look like there having a good old flirt.

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#52 Passengers In A Subway Car, 1946

Passengers In A Subway Car, 1946

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Joseph Wagnon 1 year ago

Is that Cosmo Kramer??? Is he immortal!!!??

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#53 Girl With A Mirror, 1940

Girl With A Mirror, 1940

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Melanie Ramos 1 year ago

This appears to be Betsy von Furstenberg again.

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#54 Audience Waiting In Line To Get Into A Recording Of "grand Slam"

Audience Waiting In Line To Get Into A Recording Of "grand Slam"

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#55 Mens Fashion Show, 1948

Mens Fashion Show, 1948

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Neeraj Jha 1 year ago

You can't be more "Ramp" walking than this

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#56 Woman Knitting On A Subway, 1946

Woman Knitting On A Subway, 1946

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#57 Couple In A Subway Car, 1940s

Couple In A Subway Car, 1940s

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Neeraj Jha 1 year ago

hey.. they woke up

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#58 Man By A Garbage Can

Man By A Garbage Can

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Gabrielle Wolf-Stahl 1 year ago

Looks sad...

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#59 Circus Woman With Rollerskating Monkey, 1948

Circus Woman With Rollerskating Monkey, 1948

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John L 1 year ago

Times really do change. You'll never see something like this today. Now, the lady will be the monkey's assistant. :D

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#60 Boxer Walter Cartier, 1948

Boxer Walter Cartier, 1948

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John L 1 year ago

This boxer, turned actor, later became Mr Kubrick's star in his very first movie. Fortunately he cleaned up a little better than in this picture. :D

#61 Man Exiting Train, 1948

Man Exiting Train, 1948

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Agnes Jekyll 1 year ago

Is that the classy woman from the chair on the platform in an earlier photo?

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#62 Rocky Graziano Talking To A Policeman On A Street

Rocky Graziano Talking To A Policeman On A Street

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Binky Hauser 1 year ago

Looks like he just received a ticket.

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#63 Passengers In A Subway Car, 1946

Passengers In A Subway Car, 1946

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Lsj4vt 1 year ago

What happened to offering a lady your seat???

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#64 People Browsing Through Magazine Racks At A Busy Sidewalk Newsstand, 1947

People Browsing Through Magazine Racks At A Busy Sidewalk Newsstand, 1947

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Sue Erickson 1 year ago

No social media here! Look at all those newspapers!

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#65 Walter Cartier Drinking A Beverage, 1948

Walter Cartier Drinking A Beverage, 1948

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#66 Passengers In A Subway Car, 1946

Passengers In A Subway Car, 1946

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John L 1 year ago

Hey, be a gentleman for heaven's sake!

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#67 Rocky Graziano With Two Men By A Sign For The Middleweight Championship Fight Between Tony Zale And Marcel Cerdan

Rocky Graziano With Two Men By A Sign For The Middleweight Championship Fight Between Tony Zale And Marcel Cerdan

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Andre Wouterlood 1 year ago

Maffia

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#68 Women Walking Near The Train, 1948

Women Walking Near The Train, 1948

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#69 Passengers In A Subway Car, 1946

Passengers In A Subway Car, 1946

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Dnelle1972 1 year ago

Is that...Death?

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#70 Man Carrying Flowers On A Crowded Subway, 1946

Man Carrying Flowers On A Crowded Subway, 1946

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Aaron King 1 year ago

He must have served in the war? All photos either before or after

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