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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.



Has there ever been another three-horse rig on Shorpy? I can see the logic of it (heavy load being pulled around tight corners), but I can't recall another example.


A milk bottle in the window! Been a long time since I've seen one.

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.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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