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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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Washington Square: 1921

Washington Square: 1921

New York circa 1921. "Greenwich Village, Manhattan -- Washington Square and Fifth Avenue." 5x7 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

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Two weekends ago, over Thanksgiving. No more cars driving through, and they've moved the fountain over.


The white figure in center of picture, walking across street. Can anybody comment as to what the outfit is?

[White! - Dave]

We're Number Two

The Met Life Tower in the distance was the tallest building in the world from 1909 to 1913, when it was surpassed by the Woolworth Building.

To be honest, I'm not sure it was still No. 2 in 1921, as so many tall buildings sprouted up in Manhattan in the early 1900s. It might have been just an ordinary 700-foot skyscraper.

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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