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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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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CLASSIC CHRISTMAS ART

Hotel Imperial: 1909

Hotel Imperial: 1909

New York circa 1909. "Hotel Imperial, Broadway and West 32nd Street." With the Union Dime Savings Bank at right and the new Metropolitan Life tower in the background. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 
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No Time At All

Look closely and you'll notice that the Met Life Tower isn't quite completed, and the clock isn't finished yet. No problem, it's 2:50 p.m.

Underground

What's going on in the lower left hand corner? Wondering if that's really a gaping hole in the road or if it just looks like it due to the proto-Photoshopping techniques on the street?

[It looks like a construction shed or excavation that's been painted over on the negative. - Dave]

And Here's the Finished Product!

In living color.

Skills

Either that's a taxi lineup or people were great at parallel parking.

 
SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE
Shorpy.com | 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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