Vintage Photographs of the Neon Lights Covering Times Square and Midtown Manhattan in 1940s/50s

The lights of Times Square 1957
The lights of Times Square 1957
Times Square Lights 1957
Times Square Lights 1957
View of crowds under the marquee of the Astor Theater lined up to see the Alfred Hitchcock film “Spellbound”. The view looks north-east across Broadway, near West 45th Street 1946
View of crowds under the marquee of the Astor Theater lined up to see the Alfred Hitchcock film “Spellbound”. The view looks north-east across Broadway, near West 45th Street 1946
Theaters and night life on 44th street in Times Square also known as the “Street of Hits 1946
Theaters and night life on 44th street in Times Square also known as the “Street of Hits 1946
Corner of the city showing a dentist’s office (upstairs), Nedick’s and White Rose Bar all open late at night 1946
Corner of the city showing a dentist’s office (upstairs), Nedick’s and White Rose Bar all open late at night 1946
New York street showing the Hotel Abbey, Hotel Victoria and the Roxy in Times Square. In the background is the Rockefeller Center 1946
New York street showing the Hotel Abbey, Hotel Victoria and the Roxy in Times Square. In the background is the Rockefeller Center 1946
Patrons eating at the “Horn and Hardart” restaurant in the Times Square area at night 1946
Patrons eating at the “Horn and Hardart” restaurant in the Times Square area at night 1946
The neon-illuminated Maxwell House and Mayflower Doughnuts coffee shop at the north-west corner of the busy intersection of West 42th Street (which runs left to right) and Broadway 1946
The neon-illuminated Maxwell House and Mayflower Doughnuts coffee shop at the north-west corner of the busy intersection of West 42th Street (which runs left to right) and Broadway 1946
Little neighborhood bar called ‘Harry’s Bar’ lit up at night on 52nd Street around 7th Avenue Mdtown area 1946
Little neighborhood bar called ‘Harry’s Bar’ lit up at night on 52nd Street around 7th Avenue Mdtown area 1946
A photo gallery located on Broadway in Times Square lures tourists 1946
A photo gallery located on Broadway in Times Square lures tourists 1946
Leon and Eddie’s nightclub on 52nd street in Times Square (midtown) at night with patrons hanging out on the sidewalk 1946
Leon and Eddie’s nightclub on 52nd street in Times Square (midtown) at night with patrons hanging out on the sidewalk 1946
Pop corn vendor in Times Square at night with patrons inside 1946
Pop corn vendor in Times Square at night with patrons inside 1946
Pedestrians pass under the neon-lit marquee of the Roseland Ballroom (1658 Broadway). The marquee advertises a ‘New Year Super Celebration.’ The venue moved to a new location in 1956
Pedestrians pass under the neon-lit marquee of the Roseland Ballroom (1658 Broadway). The marquee advertises a ‘New Year Super Celebration.’ The venue moved to a new location in 1956
Tourists wander past Club Samoa, Club Downbeat and 3 Deuce in Times Square 1946
Tourists wander past Club Samoa, Club Downbeat and 3 Deuce in Times Square 1946
Times Square 1957
Times Square 1957

George Calude introduced demonstrated his invention at the Paris motor show in 1910 which was about advanced neon lights, these neon lights were mainly used in advertising. The neon lights were invented three decades earlier, but business owner didn’t show their interest. Claude’s company was creating huge amounts of neon as a waste product of its core business, liquefying air, and it was this supply of neon that kicked off the age of the neon sign. With his patents, Claude had a monopoly on neon sign production.

Check out this collection on Neon lights in Midtown Manhattan and Times Square in the 1940s and 1950s, captured by photographer Andreas Feininger.

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