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October 19, 2021

Fantastic Vintage Color Photos of New York City in the Late 1970s

Manel Armengo is a Spanish photographer. He studied journalism in Barcelona and has been doing photojournalism independently since 1971. Armengo was among the photographs who made photographic reports of the social movements against Franco in his last years of government. 

In 1976, Armengo captured the violent police charge against the peaceful demonstration that took place during the Spanish transition in Barcelona, for which he received the photography award from Flash magazine.

In 1977 and 1978 Armengo came to New York, which was considered a dangerous city at the time, as visitors were advised to always remain in Mid-Town, stay at home after 6 pm and be alert and ready for fight or flight. 

Take a look back at the city in the late 1970s through these 33 fascinating vintage photographs taken by Armengo:

Yellow cabs

Barrio Latino

Barrio Latino

Women and children in Harlem


Girls playing

Boys playing basketball

Downtown Manhattan

Downtown Manhattan

The Bowery/Delancey

Captured photographer

A Taste of India

Bowery Mission building

The beauty spot

A girl offering 'New Camel Light'

Man and woman talking in front of the Circle Gallery

View of Manhattan from the Soho


Groceries in Harlem

Financial district of Manhattan

Financial district of Manhattan

Financial district of Manhattan

Man looking at a bakery

St Mark’s Place

The Bronx

A man in 174st. Subway Station


Sportsmen in Central Park

Old people enjoying the sun in Central Park

People at Washington Square Park

People at Washington Square Park


Manhattan in the distance


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