Photo captions — Sixth Floor West

(clockwise from elevator)

Loew's Sheridan Theater

1938 (6W1)

The Loew's Sheridan Theater, erected 1920-1921 at the corner of Greenwich and Seventh Avenues, is playing Jean Harlow's last picture. The old Riley Stables, which once occupied this corner, can be seen just before their demolition in 1920, in a photo displayed on the Fourth Floor East.

Arrest of a hobo

undated (6W2)

At Mulberry Bend, Italian Quarter.

Immigrant family

undated (6W3)
Photographer: Lewis Hine

Portrait of an immigrant family in their new living quarters. Children of various ages surround the mother, who is seated holding a baby on her lap.

Nice work

1941 (6W4)

The Diamond Horseshoe’s stage manager, Arthur Barkow, has the kind of job that appeals to us. In this particular picture he is measuring a pretty leg for a pair of make-believe stockings.

Pingpank Barbershop

1938 (6W5)
Photographer: Bernice Abbott

When Abbott photographed this shop window, August Pingpank was 87 years old, in business for over 50 years, and was said to be the oldest barber in New York City. On the verge of retirement, Pingpank remarked that "It's different now with the men shaving themselves every morning at home." Pingpank's shop, decorated with his customers' personalized shaving mugs, recalled the days before the invention of the safety razor. Reflected in the window is a horse-drawn cart, a fitting accompaniment to this representation of a bygone era.

Romany Marie's

undated (6W6)
Photographer: Jessie Tarbox Beals

Marie Marchand launched a series of Greenwich Village eateries, in which she read palms and tea leaves, starting about 1912. Her portrait, by the painter John Sloan, hangs in the Whitney Museum of American Art.