George Raft, Lucky Luciano, and Coney Island lifeguards: the ultra-cool randomness of the NYC Municipal Archives
Notorious mobster Charles "Lucky" Luciano was nabbed for "compulsory prostitution" in 1936; his mug shot and a card from one of the lovelies he coerced are preserved in the newly released digital photo archives of New York City. The jury found him guilty of running a prostitution ring and sentenced him to 30–50 years in Sing Sing, and he was later deported to Italy. George Raft, who portrayed many a bad guy in Hollywood, is seen below with Virginia Pine at an outdoor event, also in 1936.
A Federal Writers Project photographer captured this dramatic angle on the Statue of Liberty in a 1930s closeup, looking up from knee height. And for local color, it's hard to beat the pretzel seller and the man connecting with the bear. Finally, the hunky lifeguards are for my Dad, who lifeguarded at Jones Beach, and for the older guard there, who was fired recently because he wouldn't wear a Speedo. The outfits they're sporting are a far cry from Speedos!