East Village photographer James Maher has a stash of old black and whites taken by his grandparents, residents in the 1930s and 1940s.
That’s before anyone had ever heard of the East Village, and the neighborhood was just a part of the vast cramped area known as the Lower East Side.
This one, of a parade honoring the Fifth Street Boys taken between Avenues A and B, is pretty poignant.
The war is over or coming to a close, but the neighborhood boys—Germans, Poles, Italians—sent to fight aren’t home yet.
Check out more vintage East Village photos from Maher’s collection.