Another shot of the famous Camel sign in Times Square, New York City. Peter Stackpole for Life, 1944. Now it looks like this. Thanks a lot, modernization. You stink.
So many things to love about this photo, aside from the iconic sign: the fantastic fonts, an entire store that sold only Arrow shirts, a place that sold costume jewelry, a place called “Chin’s” (any guesses as to what you could get there?) and again - the fonts. Smaller details: the guy in the bottom left in the fedora and the bomber jacket - maybe it’s Indiana Jones tracking down a lead; the sailor walking past the Arrow store checking out a couple of passing skirts (and the skirts returning the favor!); and the burly bruiser in white with arms akimbo outside Hector’s Cafeteria. Probably the short order cook trying to get some fresh air, away from the hashbrowns and flapjacks.
I want to step right into this picture.