In 1940s New York, Even The Homeless Dressed Pretty Well

Back in the era of fedoras and pocket squares, even New York's homeless walked the streets with a certain level of decorum (not that their lives were necessarily better or worse than those of our modern displaced citizens). Skipping through The Daily Mail's treasure trove of snaps from Manhattan in the early 1940's by photographer Charles Cushman, we came across this pic of three gents which could, given a little bit of ironing, easily appear on The Sartorialist. It would, of course, be cold comfort for them to know that people in their future would actually care about how they dressed when all they wanted was a home, a meal, and a job. Still, it's interesting to note how much style has changed since then. Check out the Daily Mail piece for more amazing shots of old New York. (Daily Mail UK)

Photo: Charles W. Cushman via Daily Mail UK

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