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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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St. Pat's: 1905

St. Pat's: 1905

New York circa 1905. "St. Patrick's Cathedral, Fifth Avenue." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Below is the same view (from 51st Street) from November of 2008.

A great day for the Irish!

Happy St. Patrick's Day to all the Irish and Irish-loving people today near and far. "Erin Go Bragh" even though I am Polish, I do love the Irish and married one to prove it. St. Patrick's Cathedral is a beautiful sight to see, both inside and out, regardless of one's religion so don't miss it if you are in NYC. It really looks quite magnificent in this majestic photo. Here's a little mantra for today (to the tune of "lions and tigers and bears, oh my") but it is instead "Corn beef and cabbage and beer, oh boy!" Stay sober...Paddy O'Furniture

Vanderbilt Row

Looks like that photo was taken from the courtyard between the Vanderbilt "Double Mansion." That's the railing (and balcony) of William H. Vanderbilt's mansion in the foreground.

And you can see the relationship of the two neighbors 28 years later in this spectacular photo of the construction of Rockefeller Center.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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