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Thompson Street: 1912

Thompson Street: 1912

New York, February 1912. "A load of kimonos just finished. Girl very reticent. Thompson Street." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.


Still Around

Remodeled a few times, no doubt.

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169 Thompson is now....

A sushi place. I think.

The heart of a Little Italy, still (somewhat)

At the turn of the 20th century and beyond, there were at least three "Little Italy" neighborhoods in Lower Manhattan: one down near Chinatown along Mulberry and Mott streets, another just west of Fourth Avenue near Cornelia Street, and a third, immediately south of Washington Square along Sullivan, MacDougal and Thompson streets. 100 years later, it is perhaps along Thompson Street that the old neighborhood show the smallest change in its character.

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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