life 1949

Denise Bourgeios (L) and Claude Bessy taking a breather in front of a Degas background [L’Étoile, 1878]. Photo: Walter Sanders Jan 01, 1949 (LIFE Magazine).

Rockefller Center’s original complex. Fifth Avenue to Avenue of the Americas between west 48th to 51st streets. The Associated Architects (Reinhard & Hofmeister; Corbett, Harrison & MacMurray; Raymond Hood, Godley & Fouilhoux; Edward Durrell Stone), 1931-1940.

View looking west of Rockefeller Center’s Art Deco original buildings with the 70-story R.C.A. Building at center, in 1949. View from 444 Madison Avenue Building.

Photo: Kodakchrome

Source: “New York City, The Wonder City of the World”. New York, Enco, Inc., 1953.