Wednesday, August 7, 2019

35 Amazing Black and White Photographs Showing Street Scenes in America During the 1930s



John Gutmann (1905-1998) was one of America’s most distinctive photographers. Born in Germany where he trained as an artist and art teacher, he fled the Nazis in 1933 and settled in San Francisco, reinventing himself as a photo-journalist.

In the America of the 1930’s, Mr. Gutmann found an exuberant car culture, a dizzying array of billboards and graffiti, a racially diverse citizenry, music and dancing in the streets and young women galore. He photographed them all.


Early drive-in restaurant, Hollywood, 1935



Artillery on Market Street, San Francisco, 1934



Street Musicians, New Orleans, 1937



Man Walking by Clown and Lady Graffiti, San Francisco, 1939



High ride, 1937



Alabama



Texas Women, Texas, 1937



Selling Apples: No. 1 Broadway, New York, 1936



Kids Reading Comics, San Francisco, 1938



Automobiles Parked at the beach, Oregon, 1934



Death stalks the Filmore, 1939



 First Drive-in theatre, Los Angeles, 1935



Pop Advertising, San Francisco, 1939



Bicycle of a Mexican Barber, San Antonio, 1937



A portrait of Count Basie, San Francisco, 1939



“Cash for your car”, San Francisco, 1939



National Guard tanks, San Francisco, 1934



Elevator Garage, Chicago, 1936



Out of the Pool, San Francisco, 1934



Cord in Harlem, NY, 1936



Bare Back, San Francisco, 1939



Reach, San Francisco, 1938



Warriors, Harlem, 1936




The Lesson, Central Park, New York, 1936



Tee-Peeing the Vieux Carré, Mardi Gras, New Orleans, 1937



Lunch hour, San Francisco, 1934



The Cry, 1939



National Guard on the truck, San Francisco, 1934



Man in a hurry, New Orleans, 1937



The Fleet is In, San Francisco, 1934



“Yes, Culumbus did discover America”, San Francisco, 1938



Omen, 1934



Wyoming car, 1936



Majorettes in Parade, California, 1939



Class (Olympic High diving champion Marjorie Gestring), San Francisco, 1936




(Photos by John Gutmann)


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