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Fifth Avenue: Easter 1913

Fifth Avenue: Easter 1913

Easter 1913, New York. Fifth Avenue looking north. George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

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Fifth and 44th

I currently work on this block. Sadly, my office building has replaced the beautiful building on the corner with those light fixtures sticking out which was a hotel (its name has slipped my mind at the moment). That's the corner of Fifth Avenue and 44th Street.


In a matter of a short few years 1902-1913 it went from one auto in a sea of horses to one horse in a sea of autos. Amazing!

Nice hat

If you look in the rear view window of the nearest car you can see a man wearing a fine hat, and (what appears to be) a lady sitting to his left. It's fun to imagine where they might have been going that day dressed so fine.

One way street

When did 5th Avenue become a one way street?

[In 1966 - Dave]

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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