All these photos, so unmistakeably New York City. Circa 1938.

Diners, drinks, food, the clinks and clanks.  The stands. The markets.  The customers.  Magic.

A look back to a different time.

From his New York Times obit:

Sol Libsohn, an early documentary photographer whose images of ordinary Americans appeared in many national publications, died on Sunday in Princeton, N.J. He was 86.

A New Yorker by birth, Mr. Libsohn taught himself how to take pictures after a neighbor gave him a Kodak Brownie. After attending City College, he went to work for the Works Progress Administration, the New Deal program that enlisted thousands of unemployed artists and artisans in the depths of the Depression.

Starting out as an artists’ model for some W.P.A. muralists, he was soon drafted to record images of New Yorkers coping with hard times. In 1936 his experiences in the W.P.A. led him and others to found the Photo League, an organization of photographers committed to the documentary style and in-depth examinations of contemporary urban subjects.