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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

The Sunday Parade: 1902

The Sunday Parade: 1902

"The Sunday Parade, 5th Avenue." View north from 46th Street. Windsor Arcade (demolished 1921) on right. View [larger ] [way big]. 1902 photo by Benjamin Falk. Compare with the image below -- in 11 years, cars have taken over the street.

 

Skirts up!

Always wondered how women could keep from dusting the sidewalk and this photo shows how better than any I've seen. Almost every one of them is holding up one side. What a nuisance!

My fave street scene.

This picture is what made me a fan of this site; I love the amazing detail, the faces in the crowd.

Greetz from Amsterdam.

The car

It looked at first like an Olds runabout, but just the top and not the bottom of the dash is curved. Car experts?

I had to look at the way big

I had to look at the way big image to see it, but there's a "horseless carriage" in the center there. Amazing photograph.

I'm new here, but I LOVE this site!

Jan/CascadeExposures

 
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