[Two boys looking at a beluga whale in a tank at the New York Aquarium, Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York City, circa 1960s].
The Frederick Kelly Photograph Collection contains black and white photographs, primarily taken in New York City. Images are mainly candid views of city inhabitants and city life, including newsstands and street peddlers, street preachers, people riding the subway, and relaxing in parks. The majority of the images were taken in Washington Square Park and Central Park, where Kelly documented colorful gatherings of young people. Other parts of the city shown include Chinatown, Fifth Avenue, and Times Square. Exteriors and interiors of office buildings and train stations, as well as restaurants and cafes, are included. Several birds-eye views of Manhattan were taken from the top of the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center. A few photographs of other cities include views of Philadelphia, PA, Norfolk, VA, and Washington, D.C.
Frederick Kelly (1905-1999) lived in Baltimore, MD. He worked as a librarian, a teacher, and a principal.
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