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Dim-out, Times Square, New York City

Vintage Photograph

1157461-1

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Captivating original, vintage photograph of a 1942 "dimout" imposed on Times Square, New York City, during World War II. The Army determined that the glow from the lights of New York City was silhouetting ships offshore, making them easy targets for German submarines. Ordering a "dimout," advertising signs, streetlights and traffic signals, and office buildings and houses were required to either dark, dim their wattage and veil their windows. Night baseball games were banned and The Statue of Liberty’s torch was out. 

Identifying text on verso reads: "April 30, 1942 / Meurer / Blackout / Times Square / Photo shows Times Square as lights are slowing being turned on after the black out single lights in foreground are people lighting up their cigarettes as the all clear sounded. Photo made looking north." Additional label reads, "Times Square begins to return to the comparative brightness of the dimout at 9:50 P.M. Pinpoints in foreground are cigarets [sic] being lighted by some of the 200,000 who paraded Seventh Ave. and Broadway for the big show. May 1, 1942."

Measuring approximately 7.5 x 9.5, this vintage photograph is in very good condition, with some scattered surface marks and rippling.

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