I n the mid-twentieth century, New York City seemed like the center of the world, thanks in part to the array of glittering celebrities who called the city home.
A delightful selection of mid-century celebrity passport photographs taken in New York City's Times Square gives us an exclusive glimpse into the world that was – and an unguarded view of the men and women who once made New York shine.
Included in the collection of 64 black-and-white photographs are shots of actors (Marlon Brando - twice, Rita Hayworth, Judy Garland, Henry Fonda), comedians (Danny Kaye, Sid Caesar), sports stars (Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Rocky Marciano), political figures (Eleanor Roosevelt), Broadway stars (Ethel Merman), musicians (Frank Sinatra, Eartha Kitt, Nat King Cole, Lena Horne, Harry Belafonte), artists (Salvador Dali) and many more.
"Never surrender to the momentum of mediocrity."
"Life is what you make it. Always has been, always will be."
"Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure - that of being Salvador Dalí."
"I'm not one of those complicated, mixed-up cats. I'm not looking for the secret to life... I just go on from day to day, taking what comes."
"I don't always have to sing a song. There is something besides 'The Man That Got Away' or 'Over the Rainbow' or 'The Trolley Song.' There's a woman. There are three children. There's me! There's a lot of life going here."
"I stayed on my own path and did not follow the herd. I made a way for myself."