Published Sep 29, 2017 at 3:05 PM | Updated at 8:52 PM EDT on Sep 30, 2017
Photographs from 1930s New York City capture a time of scarcity but also show a bold urban landscape gearing up for the economic and social whirlwind of the mid-20th century. In the 1930s, the Federal Art Project was set up as part of the New Deal to fund visual arts in the United States. This included support for photographers, who turned their camera lenses to the faces and places of a dynamic metropolis. The Museum of the City of New York has archived many of these photos. More photos can be found at the museum's online Collections Portal.