Fifth Avenue around 39th Street is a fancy location, anchored then and now by Lord & Taylor.
Yet back in the 1940s, a Woolworth’s—once famous for their red and white cheapo lunch counters, plus bin after bin of household junk for sale—managed to stake a claim to the corner.
This postcard depicts a Fifth Avenue that is surprisingly calm. Traffic goes two ways, and I don’t see any street lights or traffic signals.
Artistic license, or perhaps it was a quieter place then?