February 20, 2018

54 Extraordinary Kodachrome Slides That Reveal Everyday Life of the U.S in the 1940s

Charles Weever Cushman (1896-1972) is an amateur photographer and Indiana University alumnus, bequeathed approximately 14,500 Kodachrome color slides to his alma mater. His photographs bridge a thirty-two year span from 1938 to 1969, during which time he extensively documented the United States as well as other countries.

We selected some from his collection to reveal daily life of the US during the 1940s. Take a look...

Tucson on Saturday afternoon, Arizona, Feb. 1940

Bull and whiskered leader Loudoun co., Virginia, September 1940

Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, Jun. 1940

Lagoon and Orange, San Francisco Fair Flowers, California, June 1940

Little girls at Mammoth, Arizona, May 1940

Rodeo parade, Tucson, Arizona, Feb. 23, 1940

Proud grandpa watches solo rope skip, New Harmony, Indiana, Apr. 16, 1941

Girls stroll along lake shore Chicago, Illinois, July 20, 1941

Hyde Park schoolgirls at Promontory, Chicago, Illinois, June 27, 1941

 Jewish residents of lower Clinton St., NYC, Sep. 27, 1941

Looking up Fulton St. from South St., New York City, Sep. 27, 1941

 Looking up into Financial District from South Ferry, Wall Street, NYC, Jun. 6, 1941

Moppet poses after getting pennies, Chicago, Illinois, Mar. 2, 1941

Stores near corner of Broome St. and Baruch Place, Lower East Side, NYC, Sep. 27, 1941

 Street in Negro section, Vieux Carre, New Orleans, Louisiana, Nov. 5, 1941

The Flying Concellos hang out their wash at the 1941 Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus in Chicago, Illinois,
Aug. 2, 1941

 The old Fulton Market Manhattan's Lower East Side on Saturday afternoon, Sep. 27, 1941

 Three bums from South Ferry flophouses at Battery Park, NYC, Jun. 6, 1941

 TWA Stratoliner refuels at Chicago airport Chicago, Illinois, Oct. 10, 1941

View up Royal St. in the morning, New Orleans. New Orleans, Louisiana, Nov. 5, 1941

Yoked cattle pull an Ala. Negro's farm wagon, Eutaw, Alabama, Nov. 1, 1941

 A busy corner of Pearl St. at noon, NYC, Oct. 7, 1942

 A corner on west Canal St., NYC, Oct. 4, 1942

 A street in New York's Chinatown, Sidewalk along Chinese store fronts, NYC, Oct. 7, 1942

Collecting the salvage on lower East Side, NYC, Oct. 4, 1942

 Crowd gathers during Salvage collection in lower East Side, NYC, Oct. 4, 1942

Hot sweet potatoes on Sidewalk store, NYC, Oct. 4, 1942

Polish-American parade west bound on Augusta Blvd., Chicago, Illinois, May 3, 1942

 Portable soft drink stand at Bowling Green, NYC, Oct. 1, 1942

 Poverty, young and old, black and white, Lower East Side, NYC, Oct. 4, 1942

S.O. Building seen from Battery Park, NYC, Oct. 1, 1942

Statue of de Peyster, Bowling Green, NYC, Oct. 1, 1942

 Two views looking up a street of many races, lower Manhattan, NYC, Oct. 3, 1942

Two views looking up a street of many races, lower Manhattan, NYC, Oct. 3, 1942

Up 4th Ave. from Astor Place, Cooper Union at right, NYC, Oct. 7, 1942

 West side of Broadway from Bowling Green, NYC, Oct. 1, 1942

White horses draw white coach at Bowling Green on Broadway Street, NYC, Oct. 1, 1942

Couple in garden of Wooded Island, Chicago, Illinois, Oct. 1944

 North State St., Pure Oil Building in backyard, Chicago, Illinois, Oct. 1944

1905 Cadillac and early Oldsmobile at Rosenwald Museum, Chicago, Illinois, Nov. 15, 1945

 An early model Cadillac is groomed for 50th anniversary of auto-race, Chicago, Illinois, Sep. 11, 1945

Old and new tow-boats at Mt. Vernon wharf, Mt. Vernon, Indiana, Oct. 12, 1945

Mother and daughter feed ducks, Jackson Park Lagoon, Chicago, Illinois, Nov. 15, 1946

University Club from Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, Aug. 30, 1946

 Liliput Float Circus, Chicago, Illinois, Aug. 2, 1947

Tractor and Combine for Soybeans Hagerman farm West of Mt. Vernon, Indiana, Oct. 11, 1947

High water blocks Indiana Hwy 69 near Greathouse school, Point Township, Posey County, Indiana, April 23, 1948

 Wrigley Building seen from Michigan and Water, Chicago, Illinois, Nov. 17, 1948

Confectionary cart at Lexington & Dekalb, Chicago, Illinois, Mar. 28, 1949

Cows near Bordick, Indiana, Jun. 24, 1949

Food and drink store at 1000 Maxwell St., Chicago, Illinois, Mar. 1, 1949

Main St. of old town Shawneetown, Illinois, May 16, 1949

Negro store building at 244 Esat 35th St., Chicago, Illinois, Mar. 12, 1949

Popcorn wagon at Hoyne and Adams, Chicago, Illinois, Mar. 29, 1949






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