5 Vintage NYC Doormen Images | Free Download

Here’s a small collection of free vintage images featuring New York City Doormen! These are curated from various public domain resources, lightly edited, and are available for personal or commercial use as they are out of copyright in the United States. If you’re from outside the US, you may have different restrictions.

To download these images, click on the image to open it to full size and then save to your computer or device. They are 300 DPI JPGs and suitable for printing to use in paper collages and junk journals, or for digital collage pages.

These five images are from the 1920s.

Doorman Willard

They’re not as ubiquitous nowadays, but back in the early 20th century, doormen were a big deal– especially in New York City. They were there just to open doors: they were like the ambassadors of fancy residential buildings and extravagant hotels. Doormen kept the building secure, helped residents and guests, accepted packages and deliveries, and looked super classy while doing it.

Doorman Wardman

It wasn’t just about looking sharp; the doorman uniform showed everyone that they were the face of the buildings they worked for. Their tailored suits, white gloves, tall hats and long coats were eye catching while still being professional.

Doorman Shovehan

Looking good and taking care of the building no doubt helped doorman get more tips– for all that they were an important part of the residential and business world, they didn’t get paid a lot. Tips helped things go further…much like they still do today!

Doorman Prohatan

On top of their regular duties, doormen were the go-to people for insider info about NYC. They knew the best spots in the neighborhood, what events were happening, and how to hook people up with whatever they needed. They were the heart and soul of the community, and everyone trusted them.

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Doorman Lafayette

The mark these doormen made on New York City in the early 20th century still lingers today. They helped shape the city’s social scene and set a high standard for top-notch service and class when it came to working with the public.

Bonus: Vintage Postcard Advertisement

Here’s a vintage advertisement postcard featuring uniforms for porters, bell hops, housemen, doormen, and orchestras! The front has a postmark cancellation as well.

I hope you enjoyed this collection of vintage image downloads! If you use one in a collage or junk journal, I’d love to see it! Leave a comment with a link to your creation.

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