I walked past the corner of the Bowery and Houston Street in NYC a few days ago and thought of this Sol Prom photo called “Shadows 1,” which he took at that same corner in 1937.
After I returned to my apartment I went through a number of Prom’s photos. Prom was a member of the Photo League between 1936 and 1939 and worked with the League on a number of projects including ‚ÄúDead End: the Bowery,” from which this photo is taken.
Every time I look at Prom’s photos I think of one song…native New Yorker Yip Harbug wrote the lyrics and Jay Gorney the music….“Brother Can You Spare a Dime,” sung here by Al Jolson (1932).

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