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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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Exchange Court: 1920

Exchange Court: 1920

New York, 1920. Exchange Court Building at 52 Broadway and Exchange Place. View full size. Photograph by Irving Underhill. Completed in 1898, the structure was rebuilt with additional floors and a modern facade in 1980-82.

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I think in most

I think in most jurisdictions horse traffic just faded out. I was born in 1955 and guys less than ten years older than me remember when my hometown outside New York City still had a blacksmith.

I remember in the mid 60s a junk man in a horse drawn carriage used to drive through our neighborhood on a regular basis.


This photo is one of many on Shorpy showing autos and horses side-by-side on a city street. At the time, there wasn't anything unusual at all for horse-drawn vehicles to travel among skyscrapers; there were provisions for their passage, including water troughs and the sanitation department.

Was a law eventually passed that forbade horses to be used for business? Or did they eventually just fade out on their own?

Half staff

Perhaps the flag was at half staff to honor Levi P. Morton, who died at the age of 96 on May 16, 1920. Morton had been governor of New York, a congressman, vice president under Benjamin Harrison and minister to France from 1881 to 1885.


I wonder why the flag was flying at half staff…

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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