America’s Bohemia: Pictures of New York’s Greenwich Village in the 1910s and 1920s

From the 1910s through the 1920s, and even today, Greenwich Village is without a doubt one of the most famous areas in New York City. The Village has always been known for their bohemian lifestyle attracting everyone from Beatniks to Hippies and many famous and not so famous artists today who want that lifestyle. Greenwich Village has the most famous hangouts for artists which gave it the name America’s Left Bank.

Jesse Tarbox Beals (1870 – 1942) photographed Greenwich Village and was known as America’s first female news photographer. Her work captured an amazing era that continues to evolve and yet somehow is still the same.

Enjoy these excellent photographs that captured the lifestyle of artists who came from far and wide!

Edith Hayes Thompson standing in the doorway of Her Shop, ca. 1912-1926.

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Informal group portrait, ca. 1917-1926.

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Teddy Peck (left) and Romayne Benjamin (right) in their retail shop, The Treasure Box, ca. 1918-1920.

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Newton and Mann in their office, ca. 1915-1926

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Beals standing in the gallery doorway, 1917

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Portrait of Jenny Criswell, ca. 1912-1918

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Ruth Murchison standing in front of the entrance to The Little Shop Around the Corner, ca. 1912-1926.

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Beals standing in the gallery doorway, 1917

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Portrait of Miss Povry, ca. 1918-1920

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Portrait of Dorothy Baxter, ca. 1918-1920

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Informal profile-portrait of an unidentified man, ca. 1912-1920

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Informal group portrait of an unidentified man and woman, ca. 1912-1926

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