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.
In this post, the Lively Morgue pulls a 1964 photo from the archives featuring a scene from an underage dance club on the Lower East Side called Club 169.
1964: Flamenco at Club 169 on Allen Street, which, as described by The Times, was a “onetime speakeasy on the lower East Side,” and which was on a mission to combat “juvenile delinquency,” limiting its membership to those from ages 16 to 21. “The hardest drink in the house,” read a caption to another photo, “is a 15-cent root beer.” Photo: Sam Falk/The New York Times