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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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Gray Gotham: 1939

Gray Gotham: 1939

September 1939. "A grey day in New York City, looking northeast from University Place." Medium format acetate negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

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Drinking it in

So much of NYC in one photo. Pre-transmitter Empire State Building. The rooftop sign for S. Klein department store peeking through the middle aka S. Klein on the Square. The former Met Life hq up on 23rd & Madison and to the right the hq of Con Ed (clock)at 4 Irving Place.


The rooftop "S.KL" peeking out "under" the Guardian Life building was the S. Klein department store. The sign (and store) were located on the east side of Union Square, at 14th Street.

Still There

The apartment buildings in the foreground are at 29-45 East 9th Street.

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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