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Book Gangs of New York

Photo Collection Alexander Alland, Sr., CORBIS

Men browse the tables outside a bookstore in New York City, circa 1938.
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In the 1930s, the stretch of New York's Fourth Avenue running from Astor Place to Union Square was a mecca for bibliophiles. Racks of 10-cent books lined the sidewalks, mobs of men in starched collars and drab waistcoats shuffled along, flipping...

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