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Shoe Shine


Description:Courtesy of New York City Parks Photo Archive, Neg. 13656. Though most shoe shine operations are located in dense, business districts, here the bootblack plies his trade at the workingman's place of origin--a subway entrance--along Eastern…more.

Shoe Shine

Courtesy of New York City Parks Photo Archive, Neg. 13656. Though most shoe shine operations are located in dense, business districts, here the bootblack plies his trade at the workingman's place of origin--a subway entrance--along Eastern Parkway. The grand landscaped boulevard, the creation of Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, co-designers of Central and Prospect Parks, dates to 1868.

Location: Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn
Date: June 10, 1938
Photographer: Alajos L. Schuszler

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