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Twin Towers: 1900

Twin Towers: 1900

Circa 1900. "New York from East River." At right we see the dual domes of the 26-story Park Row building, at 391 feet the world's tallest office tower at the turn of the century. Dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

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Great Grandpa

My great grandfather was a tug engineer working in the harbor and both rivers around this time. I've always wondered what it looked like to him. This is scenery he must have seen hundreds of times. Thanks for an insight into my ancestry.

Mini Petronas

At first glance, it looks a bit like a miniature version of those other famous buildings.


The Park Row building is still going strong today, though it's been rather overshadowed by a much taller building under construction directly behind it.

A Slew of Ships

I love these old New York river photos. The waterfront is packed with ships, boats and ferries. Except for South Street Seaport, there aren't any ships docked along the East River anymore.

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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