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Winter Palace: 1933

Winter Palace: 1933

February 12, 1933. "New York City views. Plaza buildings from Central Park." The Savoy Plaza and Plaza hotels. Gottscho-Schleisner photo. View full size.

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What a stunning photograph. This would look fantastic framed and on a wall. Lovely!


As a photographer myself, I think the composition is spectacular. Mr. Gottscho was a true photographic artist!

Magnificent view

I haven't had the pleasure of visiting New York, only the West Coast, and as we don't get a lot of snow here in Australia, this to me has a surreal look. Thanks once again.

Reflects Well

An excellent reflection on the planners of Central Park. Not only a bit of "nature" in the middle of the city but a priceless viewpoint to appreciate the metropolis.

Will we do as well?

If you like this photo

If you like this photo I strongly recommend getting a copy of "New York 1930" by Robert A.M. Stern. Every page of that immense book has beautiful period photographs of New York during this time period, as well as background on the architectural styles, the architects and business interests which helped build that wondrous city in that wondrous time..

Homer & Langley

This photo is used for the cover of the new E.L. Doctorow novel "Homer & Langley." Beautiful shot. I check out Shorpy every day for the incredible photos. Nothing else like it online!


Simply put, one of the most glorious urban landscapes on the planet. And today, although a few of the buildings on Fifth Avenue are different, the view from this point in the Park isn't much different.

Baum Land

What a great photo; the city has a true feeling of being Oz. Mysterious and welcoming, off in the distance, The water looks like the path to follow to find the Wizard. Well set and framed!

Winter Wonderland

What a beautiful photo of NYC. Of course seeing the snow and ice makes me want to leave town early this year for Florida.

Tall, Dark and Handsome

The tall one is a personal favorite, the Sherry-Netherland Hotel.

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