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Times Square Photograph 1960s versus 1970s The Shapely Sex versus Anita Nymphet Vintage Sleaze


PLAYLAND ENVIRONS CIRCA 1960 anonymous photographer Vice Squad magazine 1961





Nights of Shame? Nothing special, except that the plot revolved around French prosties, hence, worthy of the deuce in the 1950s. The Shapely Sex? Now THAT is another story! Except that I can't find it. However, I am sure "every second scorches the screen" and that it is "girlesque as you like it!"

Both grinders are now just an excuse to show a picture of Times Square from the era anyway. Pictures of the seedier center of Manhattan from the late 1950s and early 1960s are fairly hard to come by. If you were a tourist, you were too scared to stop and snap the shutter. If you had business there, you certainly weren't going to waste time lining up a shot.


By the time I showed up, the deuce was pretty druggy. Gawd, the number of times I walked around one of those marquees as a dolt was placing the letters with his giant shuffleboard stick. For some reason, the person doing it always had to climb down and get some distance to see if he spelled the smut right.


Playland lasted a long time. In Marty's flick, this same angle is shown briefly, but the marquee reads "Anita Nymphet"... a Swedish sexer and a perfect porn name.

Playland was LOUD. I used to take visitors in just to feel the din.


Everyone exaggerates about the area. A million people passed through every day and very few had trouble. Those lingering were, however, likely selling fake drugs or furtive sex.

Jim Linderman

NOTE: I AM SEEKING ORIGINAL SNAPSHOTS OF 42nd Street and Times Square Bookstores and Magazine Shops during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Please forward images you may have? J.Winkel4@gmail.com


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