You may know that every Thursday, social media (Instagram especially) is abuzz with #tbt. The hashtag stands for Throwback Thursday and it’s a chance for everyone to post fun, funny, or interesting old photos. We love to participate in #tbt because it’s a great chance to highlight historic images of our city, and today we’re taking it from the realm of social media into the virtual pages of Off the Grid! Recently, GVSHP released a fantastic group of photos taken by East Village resident Carole Teller (check out some of the great mentions the collection received in Gothamist, Curbed, Time Out, and Untapped Cities!). In the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, Carole roamed downtown neighborhoods and captured the daily goings-on of New York streets. Her collection gives equal attention to grand icons like Washington Square and quotidian scenes of East Village street life. We are so pleased that Carole chose to share her collection with us, and we’re thrilled, in turn, to share it with you.
I’ve always loved old signage, especially “ghost signs”, so I thought I’d share some of those with you today. Next week, Off the Grid will revisit Carole Teller’s photos and explore her life as a longtime artist and East Village resident. So check back next week to learn more about the artist/photographer herself.
Aside from Carole’s great photos, GVSHP maintains a large archive of many historic neighborhood images from a variety of different photographers and historic sources. Visit our online archive to browse all of Carole’s photos, as well as the entire GVSHP collection. And we know how hard it is not to fall in love with these images, so we’ve made it possible for you to own them! If you see image you’d like to purchase as a print, contact my colleague Sam at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can own your own Carole Teller image in no time.
We’ll also be adding more of Carole’s photos soon, so make sure to check the GVSHP archives early and often!