Old Photos: Times Square Through The Years

Few images of New York’s Times Square through the years.

Old Photos: Times Square Through The Years

Lights in Times Square being dimmed to conserve energy during WW II.April 1942.© Time Inc.William C. Shrout

Old Photos: Times Square Through The Years

Lights in Times Square being dimmed to conserve energy during WW II.April 1942.© Time Inc. William C. Shrout

Old Photos: Times Square Through The Years

Sailor from the French battleship Richelieu visiting Times Square.1943. © Time Inc.John Phillips

Old Photos: Times Square Through The Years

Pigeons and loiterers (visitors) gathered in cement island in the middle of Broadway in Times Square.October 1944.© Time Inc.Peter Stackpole

Old Photos: Times Square Through The Years

Strolling blind musician playing guitar and harmonica along Broadway at night in the Times Square Area. "Mr. Skeffington" is playing at the Selwyn Theater across the street.1944.© Time Inc.Peter Stackpole

Old Photos: Times Square Through The Years

Huge crowd gathered in Times Square to celebrate VE-Day, the end of WWII in Europe.May 08, 1945.© Time Inc.Herbert Gehr

Old Photos: Times Square Through The Years

Happy sailor kissing nurse in Times Square during impromptu VJ Day celebration following announcement of the Japanese surrender and the end of WWII.August 14, 1945.© Time Inc. Alfred Eisenstaedt

Old Photos: Times Square Through The Years

Brownout Time Square.November 1946.© Time Inc.Herbert Gehr

Old Photos: Times Square Through The Years

Man feeding pigeons in an empty Times Square during a taxi strike.1948.© Time Inc.Yale Joel

Old Photos: Times Square Through The Years

Time Square Brownout.February 02, 1950.© Time Inc.Andreas Feininger

Old Photos: Times Square Through The Years

Actress Audrey Hepburn looking up at billboards in middle of Times Square, recently in town for run of Broadway show "Gigi," in which she is starring.1951Motion picture marquees over pedestrians walking along 42 Street in Times Square.June 1952.© Time Inc.Alfred Eisenstaedt

Old Photos: Times Square Through The Years

People buying out of town newspapers in Times Square during newspaper strike.December 1953.© Time Inc.Ralph Morse

Old Photos: Times Square Through The Years

A man walking through Time Square.December 1954.© Time Inc.Peter Stackpole

Old Photos: Times Square Through The Years

New Years Party Times Square.1956.© Time Inc.Walter Sanders

Old Photos: Times Square Through The Years

Musical vocal group "The Hullabaloos" in Times Square.April 1965.© Time Inc.John Loengard

Old Photos: Times Square Through The Years

Various pornographic stores and theaters lighting up Times Square with neon lights.July 1986.© Time Inc.Ted Thai

Old Photos: Times Square Through The Years

Electric billboards lighting up night time Times Square scene.February 1988.© Time Inc.Ted Thai

Old Photos: Times Square Through The Years

November 1996.© Time Inc.

Old Photos: Times Square Through The Years

NEW YORK TIMES publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. on rooftop overlooking twilight-lit Times Square.1997.© Time Inc.Ted Thai

Old Photos: Times Square Through The Years

Times Square during the New Year's celebration at the stroke of midnight beginning the new year, new century and new millennium.2000.© Time Inc.Ted Thai

  • http://tomasradej.tumblr.com Tomas Radej

    Simply splendid. Why did you omit the 70’s though?

    • http://kcmeesha.com kcmeesha

      these are photos from the Life Magazine archives, I couldn’t find anything from the 70’s. Give it a try.LIFE

      • http://tomasradej.tumblr.com Tomas Radej

        I don’t really believe I can do better than you did. :) Thanks though, it’s a very nice collection.

        • http://kcmeesha.com kcmeesha

          I think this has to do with digitizing done by google, most of the photos online are from the 30’s -50’s, not a lot from the 60’s and hardly any from the 70’s.

  • Melinda

    Everyone was high then.