These photos were taken in 1967 with my first "good" camera, a 35mm SLR Miranda F. I had only been taking pictures for a couple years and at that time, I didn't know I was doing street photography. It wasn't really called that and my goal was to just get closeups of interesting people. A few years ago I found the lens I used for the photos in some boxes of old stuff. It was a Vivitar 135mm f.3.5 preset telephoto. With a preset lens, you would set the desired aperture, focus wide open, then use a ring to manually stop down. How primitive we were then!
Britton was known to support himself for about $2000 per year, from the $40 he earned each week from selling his newsletters, plus $30 his Wife would send him each month from his Social Security and Veteran's Administration checks. He stayed in a $16‐a‐week room on West 51st Street and said he ate at McDonald's. He frequented Fift Avenue in the neighborhood of Rockefeller Center.