The various billboards splashed with film titles – Tomorrow the World, 3 is a Family, Winged Victory –are all films released in late 1944. Notice the sign for the Orpheum Dance Palace; it was once New York’s most famous “dime-a-dance” hall.
The famous New York City taxi cabs can be seen here in their two-tone Chevrolet/Deseto phase.
Notice the hole in the top of the man’s hat. Could it be that he was one of the many unemployed shipyard workers in the 1940s? New York was brought to a halt in the mid-40s due to strikes surrounding disputes over wages and Union contracts.
Winged Victory was a film that was co-produced by 20th Century Fox and the U.S. Army Air Forces to act as a rousing military propaganda piece encouraging people to join the war effort.
On the sidewalk a group of soldiers in long khaki coats enjoy Times Sq. on their leave.
Hollywood Canteen was a film based on the West Coast counterpart of the original New York Stage Door Canteen which opened in 1942 , with the aim of entertaining all service men and women.
During the Second World War, due to the shortage of male labour, a significant number of women took to the driving seat and began working as taxi drivers.