Harry Dubin | Workin’ Man

In 1947 the New Yorker published a ten-page story about an average New York working man named Harry Dubin. What made Harry interesting was the fact that he was an average Joe, but an average Joe who was one of the first working-class people in his neighborhood that owned a television. Then in 1993 while doing research for another project, author and historian Jeff Kisseloff read the original 1947 New Yorker article and tracked Harry down to interview him. In the process Mr. Dubin shared these spectacular color images of himself back in 1947 doing various blue collar jobs throughout New York. While these photos are staged, the story is real. Read all about it here. [Found via Gothamist]


All photographs via The Kisseloff Collection.

Comments on “Harry Dubin | Workin’ Man

    ATrueGolferon January 10, 2010 @ 1:44 PM:

    Residing in Atlanta, I can’t help but point out my true appreciation for the Coca Cola advertisement on the vending cart. Would love to see a Coca-cola focused post. There is so much material down in Atlanta I surmise you would enjoy!

    Jon Gaffneyon January 10, 2010 @ 2:06 PM:

    I love how is wearing penny loafers while doing masonry. Classic

    A Treasury of...on January 10, 2010 @ 4:18 PM:

    Wow – what job didn’t he have?

    Go, Harry!

    Paulon January 10, 2010 @ 6:13 PM:

    The bow tie on the service station attendant! Now that’s CLASSIC! I love it! Great find and great post!

    start with typewriterson January 10, 2010 @ 11:51 PM:

    that’s a real working man. makes me wish i was around back then. there was more honor and dignity in being a gas station attendant then now that’s for sure.

    kenyanon January 11, 2010 @ 7:39 AM:

    All the signage / props is amazing very inspiring….this needs to be recreated for a men’s presentation!

    Mitch Frankon January 11, 2010 @ 6:27 PM:

    These photos are so great, but to be fair the the story is that he went up to manual laborers and asked if he could pose in their clothes (according to Kisseloff via the interview w/Dubin, they’d go into an alley and trade outfits. Gnarly). So he was only “doing” various blue collar jobs. Not that you say otherwise, but I think it bears clarification. The whole story — the Life article, the little interview/blurb 50 years later, Kisseloff’s commentary — is totally worth reading via your link.

Comments are closed.