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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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Ghosts of New York: 1907

Ghosts of New York: 1907

New York circa 1907. "Marble Collegiate Church, Fifth Avenue." Surrounded by a host of ectoplasmic pedestrians. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

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A rapidly changing view

While the church itself still stands proudly on Fifth Avenue, the structure seen here to its rear, the 1895 Bancroft Building at 3 West 29th, is in the process of being demolished. A developer bought it and some undistinguished adjacent properties a few years ago and is razing all of them to make way for a mixed-use development. Historical preservationists were quite unhappy with the plan but there was nothing they could do as the building had never gotten official landmark protection.

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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