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Fifth Avenue: 1913

Fifth Avenue: 1913

Fifth Avenue at 51st Street in New York circa 1913. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.


Fifth & 51st

If that motor bus is indeed heading to 22nd street it's on the wrong side of the avenue. Downtown (south) traffic would be on the other side.
Mr Mel

[You might want to rethink that. West is to the left, and south (and 22nd Street) is toward the camera. - Dave]

Then and Now

I wish we could see them altogether side by side for comparison.

Fifth and 51st Then and Now

I really enjoy looking at the street views from then, and then today. Google's Street View of the same intersection today.

[The Satellite View is also interesting. Stitched together from two shots of wildly differing perspective. - Dave]

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