Etiquette Read : The Beautiful Bronx (1920-1950) Etiquette Read 18 Comments

Trav: We apologize for the sudden extreme lack of updates but we have been off the web and in the world working on big things, please stay tuned for much more epic things. A couple days ago I was lucky enough to stumble across this book, The Beautiful Bronx (1920-1950) by Lloyd Ultan. I’ve always felt as though it was important to know the history of your surroundings. This book shows life in the Bronx from 1920-1950 through text and pictures. It’s amazing to see some of the common places looking the same so many decades later and other places looking completely different. The book starts off with some interesting chapters depicting life in The Bronx during those decades and ends with a 70+ page photo album. I encourage everyone to go back in time and read up on your habitat. History is inevitable and it is always good to know your surroundings.

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  • Dre

        posted on July 12 , 2009 :

    Good stuff my bruda. Those types of history books are so dope and you see how places have evolved through the years. Oh and Brooklyn is better *shots fired*

  • duzz

        posted on July 12 , 2009 :

    hmm this is really interesting…although I’m not sure what was going on in the bronx during that period and really i dont know if really I’m thaaat interested… BUT i guess the book is more of architectural look at the borough rather than cultural one….i think its cool and would be interesting to read about the Bronx but maybe if it was around the time of the emergence of hip hop n hip hop culture as well all the different background of ppl n how they got there…im from Toronto myself and we have some identified boroughs but we’re known as a city of neighborhoods…im sure you guys would appreciate it if u visited here…. not quite similar to new york but i guess something along the same lines…on a side note dope outfit i just coppd a pair of Levis-cutoff jean shorts myself…did u make urs though?

  • Coldsun

        posted on July 12 , 2009 :

    LMAO @ Dre… Hold up Hold upppp!!!!!!! If it was for the Bronx………
    Ok lemme stop, but yeah, The Bronx is better… Theres no Starbucks on my block! lol j/k

    Yo forreal I felt a lead up to this post… I could feel a theme from your interviews and everything that you guys were disappointed that the Bronx wasn’t getting its just due… But luckily you realized you have your own medium to make that happen, and while this isn’t really fashion based, its a cool start to help people look at the borough…

    Honestly, from a history standpoint, all the boroughs in NYC have an amazing history… Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Staten… the BX is no different… The change in demographics and cultural stuff is amazing…. I’m sure the contrast in the old photos with present day is amazing…

    And yo, straight up… Ya’ll keep being Avantgarde with this fashion blog thing! i love it! Young dudes aware of whats going on behind the scenes, with true style, that read (!), putting us onto anything worth interest from photography to desert boots, dudes with some insight, and they stay fly… AND THEY FROM THE BRONX (!??!!!!) Lets Go! I’m rooting for ya’ll…

  • Chelsea

        posted on July 12 , 2009 :

    Your blog is actually amazing!…New blog crush :)

  • Jarrett

        posted on July 12 , 2009 :

    More updates please! I love the blog. I love the clothing. I love the photography. TBH ya’ll could use an editor. I’m not trying to hate. I just wanna make the blog better. Please update more frequently! New Jersey ain’t too far away, so I gotta say; R.I.P. Arturo Gatti!

  • Jack Promises

        posted on July 12 , 2009 :

    Hey Dre.. its Brooklyn all day I agree! lol I never really visited the Bronx to be honest I always felt like there isn’t anything out there as far as Yankee Stadium. Fashion or anything artsy doesn’t seem to reign in the Bronx at all, maybe you guys will start something up in the future who knows lol.
    Great blog!

  • Taevon Palmer

        posted on July 12 , 2009 :

    One of my favorite blogs! keep up the good work!

  • TeoV

        posted on July 12 , 2009 :

    trav you got it … denim cut-offs and a nice shirt . that’s my style right there :-)


        posted on July 12 , 2009 :

    I have to say the images in thisd book just shock you a bit because you see the places you have been before or lived around for some time. I think people need to always know their history its so much you can grasp out there .

    Good post.

    Dre : lol good looks man , I really admire BK , but we’re working on a project in the BX its not already made up and finished thats what makes things interesting about it

    Cold Sun : I’m glad your seeing it the way we do man, its a real brining it back movement like the Bronx can have a artsy side also man what people fail to realize is there is always a chance for progression or change, and we are all about that man.

    Duzz : I have been to Toronto before recently it was a cool place I mean idk if its comparable to NYC lol , but it was a change of scenes that I really appreciated and would definitely take a trip back to. Even though my time there was limited and I didn’t get to see the whole city itself, def a cool experience.

  • Jules

        posted on July 13 , 2009 :

    Um can I say I had NO idea you guys existed……I am so glad that Super Melon did an interview with you or else I would be missing out on an amazing blog! I love your blog and I love the fact that not only are you fellow fashion enthusiants but fellow intellectuals as well……I too plan on going to med school and find myself maniacally addicted to fashion……its really good to see guys dress the way you to do….

    keep it up you two :)


  • cam

        posted on July 13 , 2009 :

    is ur outfit fixie inspired, do you ride fixed?
    –alot of of my fixie frens (including moi) dress like that
    -if so wats ur setup?
    and how those desert boots holdin^

  • goke

        posted on July 13 , 2009 :

    Agree with your post Josh,Barnes & Noble locations throughout NYC have a section dedicated to books like this based NYC history

  • Ore

        posted on July 13 , 2009 :

    I love reading about history. It’s almost like going in a time machine and seeing things through the looking glass haha :) love it. thanks!

  • Fem

        posted on July 13 , 2009 :

    I LOVE your outfit

  • jfkjean

        posted on July 15 , 2009 :

    Trav is focused! Will definitely read the book when I’m in Barnes and Noble.

  • heeb646

        posted on July 15 , 2009 :

    Learning the history of your hometown can give a person a lot of insight.

  • mr. mike

        posted on July 18 , 2009 :

    I wish Houston could be as rich in history as the Bronx… whenever i try to read up on Houston it seems like it was just full of money hungry oil diggers… I love they way yall be rocking the Clarks though. Fresh my dude, fresh.

  • The Ca$h

        posted on July 18 , 2009 :

    I love history, I think I might check out this book out
    When I get a chance to