Lively Morgue Posts a Vintage Photograph of Manhattan's Garment District From 1967

Jan. 31, 1967: Unloading garments in Manhattan’s “congested, busy streets (where one worker barely dodged a group of converging handtrucks last week and said, bitterly, ‘Kind of like a snake pit’).” The Times reported on the challenges confronting the fabric industry, whose smaller producers “supply the nuts and bolts of the garment industry — the buttons, the linings, zippers, trimmings, machines, the trucks and even the sandwiches — and what is more important?”
Jan. 31, 1967: Unloading garments in Manhattan’s “congested, busy streets (where one worker barely dodged a group of converging handtrucks last week and said, bitterly, ‘Kind of like a snake pit’).” The Times reported on the challenges confronting the fabric industry, whose smaller producers “supply the nuts and bolts of the garment industry — the buttons, the linings, zippers, trimmings, machines, the trucks and even the sandwiches — and what is more important?”
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The Lively Morgue is a daily photo blog from the New York Times in which an original photo from the newspaper's archives is reposted along with tidbits of information gleamed from the historical article it accompanied. Along with a rescan of the original photograph, the backs of each photo are also scanned, giving a behind-the-scenes look at the editorial process of one of the world's best newspapers.

Today's posting features a shot from January 31st, 1967 showing a typical clothing delivery unloading in the Garment District of Manhattan.

Jan. 31, 1967: Unloading garments in Manhattan’s “congested, busy streets (where one worker barely dodged a group of converging handtrucks last week and said, bitterly, ‘Kind of like a snake pit’).” The Times reported on the challenges confronting the fabric industry, whose smaller producers “supply the nuts and bolts of the garment industry — the buttons, the linings, zippers, trimmings, machines, the trucks and even the sandwiches — and what is more important?”

The original article from 1967 has more.

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