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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • GEORGE WASHINGTON CROSSING THE PIES

Downtown: 1942

Downtown: 1942

September 1942. "New York. Looking downtown from the Third Avenue elevated railway in the 'Fifties'." A platform on the long-vanished El. Medium format nitrate negative by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

The distant one

"Isn't that 40 Wall Street way off in the distance (just to the right of the right hand pillar)?"

Turns out a straight line down 3rd Ave passes just east of 70 Pine (60 Wall), so that must be the distant building. Our view of 40 Wall is blocked by the nearer building.

Different Town: 2013

We still have the "L" in Chicago. And our weather matched the 1942 Shorpy photo this Memorial Day weekend.

Skyline

Actually, I think we can see the three tallest buildings at the time. Isn't that 40 Wall Street way off in the distance (just to the right of the right hand pillar)?

I think the other buildings that we can see in silhouette include the Hemsley Building, the Waldorf Astoria and the RCA Victor (later General Electric) Building.

67th Street

This view is not from the "fifties," it is from the 67th Street station of the Third Avenue El.

The mansard roofed building on the left just south of the platform is the "Car Barn" of the Third Avenue Railway company which ran most of the streetcars in Manhattan at the time, which was not affiliated with the Third Avenue El.

Another Stunner

There are aspects of this photo that remind me of the work by David Plowden.

Said Mother McG to her gullible son

The first Christmas Eve after this was torn down the neighbors sang a song about it along Third Avenue.

"Hazy lazy crazy days of summer"

Love this shot of the train headed out with the framing of the two tallest buildings at the time, Empire State and Chrysler.

In the heat of the day

The woman looking out her 3rd floor window in the heat of a New York City summer is probably seeking a breath of fresh air. As a train comes into the station every 5 or 10 minutes or so she may close the window because the noise was deafening.

 
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