A snapshot of life: New York City, circa 1959.

Black and white photograph from 1959 depicting four African American individuals seated on a New York City subway train. They are dressed in warm, casual clothing suitable for the era. One person is laughing, covering their mouth with a cloth, while the others are smiling or looking away, appearing to enjoy a light-hearted moment together. Vintage advertisements line the interior of the subway car above the windows.

A snapshot of life from New York City, circa 1959.


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“A snapshot of life: New York City, circa 1959.” source: Rizzuto, Angelo, photographer. African American young people sharing a laugh while riding the subway. [February] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2021653162/>.