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Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

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New York: 1933

New York: 1933

1933. A view across New York's Central Park Lake framed by the Sherry-Netherland and Plaza hotels. 5x7 safety negative by the noted architectural photographer Samuel H. Gottscho. View full size.


America, America

"Oh beautiful, for ageless dreams, that reach beyond the years. Thine alabaster cities gleam, undimmed by human tears."

Perhaps not literally true, but as an American poet, I will always love those verses. I immediately thought of them, seeing this image.

Savoy Plaza

The building to the immediate right of the Sherry-Netherland, the one with the mansard roof and two chimneys, I believe was the Savoy Plaza, another luxury hotel. It was replaced by the sterile General Motors building, home to the CBS Morning News telecast. The previous comments are right, Midtown is a great place to live.


NYC is the greatest place in the world to live

- New Yawker living in LA

New York

Wow, this looks like a great place to live.

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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