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Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

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Pre-WTC: 1908

Pre-WTC: 1908

New York, 1908. Hudson Terminal Buildings at 30-50 Church Street showing cemetery and construction of elevated railway. View full size. Irving Underhill photo. The complex was razed in 1971 to make way for 5 World Trade Center.


You can see just a glimspe

You can see just a glimspe of the fabled and demolished Singer Tower in the upper left corner.. love that building. Demolished 1967.

Look at the…

…shapes of those buildings! Underhill tilted the lens plane to get the verticals of all the buildings actually vertical, but look how distorted it is on the left.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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