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Merry Christmas: 1913

Merry Christmas: 1913

        One hundred years ago -- yet it seems like just yesterday that we first posted this.

New York, December 1913. "Christmas tree, Madison Square." 8x10 glass negative, G.G. Bain Collection. View full size. Happy holidays from Shorpy!

1913 Color

What color process was used for this - Autochrome? Or was it colorized?

[Note the tag above it that says "Colorized Photos." -tterrace]

An' a Guid New Year!

Seasonal Felicitations to all Shorpologists on both sides of the Atlantic!

From Andrew in Central Scotland.

Toy Center

We're looking to the west in this picture. The building in the background is 200 Fifth Avenue, completed just a few years earlier, which is called the "Toy Center" because for decades it was mainly occupied by toy manufacturers and wholesalers. Today it has a more varied tenant mix, though it still hosts a major annual trade show for the toy industry.

The Flatiron Building, a favorite on this site, is just out of view on the left. Just behind the photographer would be the Metropolitan Life Tower, which had just become the second-tallest building in the world. It had been the tallest from 1909 until the completion of the Woolworth Building earlier in 1913.

Where it all began.

Madison Park was the first place in New York City to put up a public Christmas Tree. Great tradition that has spread to pretty much all of the Parks here in Manhattan.

100 Years Later And 11 Blocks North

At 34th Street and 5th Avenue, the Empire State Building, illuminated by the new LED lighting system, shows off it's Christmas colors. We are also being treated to several Light Shows.

Merry Christmas

Wishing all friends and followers of Shorpy a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.

Edmund

 
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