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Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Rediscover the 1950s

Last December I came across a website that displayed a series of black and white photos taken by Frank Oscar Larson in the 1950s in New York City. I find old photos fascinating in that they can show us what is lost completely, what has merely been forgotten, and what still remains.

Many black and white films were made in the 1950s and there was a whole genre of film known as "noir." These films were often made from crime novels, also known as "noir." Noir is French for black, and in terms of fiction and film, is described as "crime fiction featuring hard-boiled cynical characters and bleak sleazy settings."

This photograph of Manhattan was taken by Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., in 1950.

Courtesy Library of Congress.

To get a sampling of the era of black and white "noir" culture of the 1950s, look for one of these:

The Big Sleep. [DVD BIG]

Boston Noir. [F BOS]

Classic Crime Short Stories. [eBook]

Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1950s. [SC NOI]

Double Indemnity. [DVD DOU]

Spillane, Mickey. Complex 90. [F SPI]

Spillane, Mickey. Lady, Go Die!. [AB/CD SPI]

USA Noir: Best of the Akashic Noir Series. [eBook]

Women Crime writers: Four Suspense Novels of the 1950s. [eBook]

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