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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

New York Stock Exchange: 1904

New York Stock Exchange: 1904

Lower Manhattan circa 1904. "New York Stock Exchange, Wall and Broad streets." Note the not very successful attempt to retouch three ghost pedestrians out of the picture. Detroit Publishing Company glass negative. View full size.

 

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Below is the same perspective from April of 2012.

Air Conditioning

Does anyone have any photos of the air conditioning system that was installed in this building? It had a 300-ton comfort cooling system designed by an Alfred Wolff that used free cooling provided by a waste-steam-operated refrigeration system. It worked for 20 years. I'm researching it for an environmental controls class. Thanks!

Old Glory

Respect etc. to the flag, but the building did look much better without it.

J.P.

This image shows a great juxtaposition between the Iconic Wall Street Exchange and J.P. Morgan's office building. I can picture him walking out of there with that huge cigar of his, on the way to some deal.

re: Tight Security Now

I visited in 2002 and was surprised to find cops with assault rifles patrolling the barricaded street. I asked one what the special occasion was. He asked, "what do you mean?"

Con Edison worker

On the extreme left of the photo is what appears to be a utility worker with his feet in a manhole and a temporary barrier setup. It is amazing what is frozen in time. Also I love the old style fire hydrants I believe they were phased out by around 1915, in my current town of Danbury, Connecticut, there is one just like it painted yellow on a forgotten triangle of land.

Interesting Facade

While the Stock Exchange is quite tall, its design avoids the presence of any windows more than two floors off the ground. Perhaps the architect was looking ahead to 1929.

An Inquiring Mind

would like to know who sculpted the magnificent facade.

["Integrity Protecting the Works of Man" was designed by John Quincy Adams Ward in collaboration with Paul Wayland Bartlett and executed by Piccirilli Bros. of New York. In 1936, the 90-ton sculpture was replaced by a 10-ton replica. - Dave]

The Silver Surfer and Family

Actually it looks like The Silver Surfer has gone back in time with his family on holiday. The photographer appear to have used Photoshop Ver.-107.

Tight Security Now

This is one of the most magnificent streets in all of NYC but now has extremely tight security - you can no longer drive on this street, there are metal barriers around the front of the NYSE so the average person can't walk up to the building, police have quite a presence there now, and last month I saw some kind of bomb detection trunk near there. They do fly the world's largest American flag in front of the pillars which helps but unfortunately obstructs the pillars of this beautiful building.

What an odd sculpture

Like everyone is looking for their lost contact lens. Not to mention their clothes.

I guess we'll never know

I wonder why the photographer attempted to remove those specific persons from the shot.

[Because they're aesthetically imperfect and distracting! Most likely the photographers did not do the retouching. On the final product -- a colored postcard -- our blurry pedestrians would be completely obliterated. - Dave]

 
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