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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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Downtown: 1962

Downtown: 1962

March 2, 1962. "New York City views. Downtown Manhattan skyline from the Al Smith houses." 4x5 acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.


Power Station

That tall stack on the left belongs to the Edison Power station on Fulton St. Building long gone but the station is commemorated by a plaque.

My home

The buildings on the lower right - the blocks defined by Fulton, Pearl, Frankfort, and Gold Streets - are now a superblock containing Southbridge Towers, built in the early 70s, which was until recently a Mitchell-Lama affordable housing complex. Hanging in my apartment: two ancient street signs from before the streets around there were demapped. Jacob and Ferry Streets, and Pearl and Hague Streets (which was where now stands the Verizon Building, not pictured or built yet).

You can barely make out the Brooklyn Bridge at the very bottom of the photo.

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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