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Flatbush Avenue

By Julie May

Posted on February 7, 2019

612 Flatbush Avenue, 1971, V1973.5.1486; Brooklyn photograph and illustration collection, ARC.202; Brooklyn Historical Society.

This week’s photograph highlights the quotidien caught on the streets of Brooklyn.

Flatbush Avenue runs from Downtown Brooklyn through several neighborhoods and over Jamaica Bay into Queens. Driving a portion of it is a tumultuous journey through cultures that demonstrate the variety of Brooklyn life and culture. On the block in this photograph, you could grab a Schaefer beer, buy your favorite lipstick, and head upstairs to your great Aunt’s apartment within steps of each other. Or, in the case of the woman pictured, take in the street life on a mild day.

This photograph comes from the Brooklyn photograph and illustration collection which contains approximately 7,000 items dating from the early- to mid-20th century. To view more photographs from this collection, check out this gallery.

Interested in seeing more photos from BHS’s collection? Visit our online image gallery, which includes a selection of our images. Interested in seeing even more historic Brooklyn images? Visit our Brooklyn Visual Heritage website here. To search BHS’s entire collection of images, archives, maps, and special collections visit BHS’s Othmer Library Wed-Sat, 1:00-5:00 p.m. [email protected]

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