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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.

 

Madison Avenue: 1916

Madison Avenue: 1916

New York, 1916. Heckscher Building at 50 East 42nd Street and Madison Avenue. View full size. Irving Underhill photo. The building, which still stands, used to have a squash court on the 23rd floor. Nowadays it's dwarfed by its neighbors.

 

Equitable Trust: 1921

Equitable Trust: 1921

New York, 1921. Equitable Trust Building and Hotel Biltmore. View full size. Photograph by Irving Underhill.

 

Bodie: 1962

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Bodie: 1962

Bodie, California, July 1962. Odd Fellows Hall and Miners Union Hall on Main Street looking north. View full size. Photograph by Ronald Partridge, Historic American Buildings Survey. Bodie, a mining camp ghost town on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada between Yosemite and Tahoe, is now a state historic park.

 

Memory Bank: 1962

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Memory Bank: 1962

Vault of the Bodie Bank, July 1962. Mono County, California. View full size. Photograph by Ronald Partridge, Historic American Buildings Survey.

 

Ready or Not: 1912

Ready or Not: 1912

"Blind children playing hide-and-seek among arcade pillars" at the Overbrook School in Philadelphia ca. 1912. View full size. Geo. Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Herman Miller: 1958

Herman Miller: 1958

1958. Alexander and Susan Girard at the Herman Miller show in San Francisco. View larger. 35mm Kodachrome transparency, Charles & Ray Eames collection.

 
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