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Photos of Gangs in the 50s…what a diff

26 Oct
54100. The Circle, Brooklyn, New York. Photoch...

54100. The Circle, Brooklyn, New York. Photochrom print by the Detroit Photographic Co., copyrighted 1904. From the Photochrom Prints Collection at the Library of Congress More photochroms from New York & the United States | More photochrom prints [PD] This picture is in the public domain (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Captivating Photos of a Teen Gang in ’50s Brooklyn

by . Posted on 10:30 am Wednesday Jul 4, 2012

 

[Editor’s note: Your devoted Flavorwire editors are taking a break in honor of Independence Day, but to keep you entertained over the holiday, we’re leaving you with the most popular features of the year so far. This post originally ran January 4.] These boys look like trouble. You can tell by the way they grease back their hair, toke their smokes and snap their fingers… Legendary New York photographer Bruce Davidson documented a gang of “troubled teenagers coming of age” in 1959 Brooklyn, capturing the young almost-underbelly of a conservative, “innocent” society. They called themselves the Jokers. See them look tough, get tattoos, get into fights, dance to records, nuzzle with their gal pals and loiter cinematically. Spotted by theRetronaut, indulge yourself with this look back in time, with a tinge of glamorous masculinity and teenage angst.

 


Image credit: Bruce Davidson


Image credit: Bruce Davidson


Image credit: Bruce Davidson


Image credit: Bruce Davidson


Image credit: Bruce Davidson


Image credit: Bruce Davidson


Image credit: Bruce Davidson


Image credit: Bruce Davidson


Image credit: Bruce Davidson


Image credit: Bruce Davidson


Image credit: Bruce Davidson

 

 
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