By day, Frank Oscar Larson worked as a banker at the Empire Trust Co., but in his free time, he snapped thousands of photos, capturing scenes from 1950s New York. Thousands of negatives were discovered in Larson’s daughter-in-law’s Maine home in 2009, stored in more than 100 envelopes, and each neatly labeled with the date and location.
The son of Swedish immigrant parents, Larson was born in Brooklyn but lived the rest of his life in Flushing. His work documented everyday life and people in the Big Apple, including policemen, shoe-repair workers, chefs and painters. Here are some of his now-amazing glances at everyday life in the Big Apple, circa 1954-1957. *