18 Vintage Photos of Kids Playing on the Streets of New York City in the 1940s

These series of black and white vintage photos were taken by LIFE photographer Ralph Morse around the streets of New York City in June, 1947…

Girls and boys playing hopscotch in the street.
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Young boy playing with his scooter which he just made by nailing the wheel parts from an old roller skate to a wooden plank & adding an orange crate.
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Young boy ready to catch ball at home plate (the manhole cover) in a game of stickball.
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Boy diving from top of building on wharf.
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Boys and girls jumping rope.
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Young boys playing stickball in vacant lot near an apartment building construction.
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Little boy chasing pigeons across cobblestones in park.
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Boy running to catch ball during game of stickball.
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Boy catching ball during game of stickball.
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Young boys playing stickball in vacant lot next to an apartment building.
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Boy hitting ball during game of stickball.

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Young girl playing jacks.
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Girl playing stickball.
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Young girl wearing seed pod on nose.
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H/T Ralph Morse/ LIFE archives

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