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Three Brooklyn Bridges: 1908
Feb. 22, 1908. "Three New York-Brooklyn bridges from Brooklyn." An amazingly detailed panorama of New York recorded by George ... of the original 8x10 inch glass negative. From the left: Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge (under construction) and Williamsburg Bridge. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/19/2012 - 5:42pm -

Three Brooklyn Bridges: 1908

Brooklyn Public: 1941
January 13, 1941. "Brooklyn Public Library (Ingersoll Memorial), Prospect Park Plaza, New York." ... View full size. The Library at Brooklyn I actually like the architecture. Reminds me of ancient Egypt, in ... that it looks like long after all the other buildings in Brooklyn crumble, this one would still be standing, giving testimony to all the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/13/2011 - 3:59pm -

Brooklyn Public: 1941

Brooklyn Bridge: 1903
New York circa 1903. "East River and Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan." Among the many signs competing for our ... starboard ! Looking to the right of the bridge,on the Brooklyn side,you'll see a ferryboat at a really bad angle! She's tilting hard ... hard to port with lots of propwash behind it heading for Brooklyn, just south of the bridge?!? Looks like it's trying hard to bank to ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/31/2012 - 4:56pm -

Brooklyn Bridge: 1903

Smoking Concerts: 1906
1906. "Post Office and Eagle Building. Brooklyn, N.Y." At the Alcazar Theatre: "smoking concerts." Detroit Publishing ... I assume this photo shows Montague Street in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Heights Railroad operated cable cars on Montague Street from the Wall ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/01/2012 - 7:31pm -

Smoking Concerts: 1906

Brooklyn Bridge: 1904
Circa 1904. "Manhattan, East River and Brooklyn Bridge from Brooklyn." Another grayscale view of an evergreen subject. 8x10 glass negative. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/20/2012 - 12:20am -

Brooklyn Bridge: 1904

Brooklyn Pin Boys: 1910
... boys working in Subway Bowling Alleys, 65 South Street, Brooklyn, N.Y., every night. Three smaller boys were kept out of the photo by ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/08/2011 - 8:37pm -

Brooklyn Pin Boys: 1910

Brooklyn Teens
... because of her rust red hair, poses with two of her Brooklyn neighbors on a street near their home. She is in the center, dressed ... My guess is there are actually four teens hanging out in Brooklyn on this mid 1940's day. Perhaps Jack is taking the picture. Mostly I ... 
 
Posted by aenthal - 01/17/2014 - 10:28pm -

Brooklyn Teens

Brooklyn: c.1926
Taken on steps of brownstone (believe it was on Union Street) of my mother and her father and sister. View full size. (ShorpyBlog, Member Gallery) ... 
 
Posted by carolelinda - 01/10/2014 - 11:07pm -

Brooklyn: c.1926

Brooklyn Bridge: 1905
New York circa 1905. "Brooklyn Bridge over East River." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit ... I love to visit New York, and every time I do, I go to Brooklyn and I walk across the Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan. I am always amazed at t his amazing structure ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/31/2012 - 4:53pm -

Brooklyn Bridge: 1905

Our Lady of Lourdes School
... Hospital facility on 46th Street and Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn. It's now called Lutheran Medical Center. - Dave] Lutheran ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/08/2011 - 9:17pm -

Our Lady of Lourdes School

Brooklyn, NY: 1942
... "stoop". Their father was a machinist who worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. View full size. Flatbush The house in the ... in 1942 and he and his two siblings (sisters) lived in Brooklyn with their parents. He father was also a machinist at the Brooklyn ... 
 
Posted by Bobby Shafto - 10/25/2013 - 10:29pm -

Brooklyn, NY: 1942

3 a.m. Sunday, Brooklyn: 1908
... "3 a.m. Sunday, February 23, 1908. Newsboys selling on Brooklyn Bridge. Harry Ahrenpreiss, 30 Willet St. Said was 13 years old. Abe ... to get across the bridge if you didn't buy a paper. Brooklyn Bridge Newsies That kid at front left looks like 12 going on 37. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/08/2011 - 9:15pm -

3 a.m. Sunday, Brooklyn: 1908

The Oriental: 1903
... 1903. "Oriental Hotel and boardwalk, Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn, New York." Panorama of two 8x10 glass negatives, Detroit Publishing ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 04/03/2014 - 1:57pm -

The Oriental: 1903

Brooklyn Murder Trial
... with his clients, two boys accused of murder in a 1930's Brooklyn courtroom. Both boys were found not guilty. Proper Attire One ... men and women. That's Criminal Court in Brooklyn It used to be called the Central Court Building. I'm a criminal ... 
 
Posted by ltitus - 04/26/2007 - 4:56pm -

Brooklyn Murder Trial

Miami, Florida: 1908
... was a grocer in Miami around that time. Wild Guess Brooklyn, New York Identity Washington Avenue, Titusville Florida. ... store. (76) Survey says I believe this is Brooklyn, NY. I took the easy way out and just searched for 1200 Avenue O from ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/14/2012 - 10:40pm -

Miami, Florida: 1908

Mickey Rooney: 1936
... We'll not see his like again. A grand run for a kid from Brooklyn. A real gentleman I had the pleasure of meeting Mickey Rooney ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 04/07/2014 - 1:46pm -

Mickey Rooney: 1936

Brooklyn Terminal: 1903
New York circa 1903. "Brooklyn Terminal at Brooklyn Bridge." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing ... Xed Out Eagle warehouse is the last man standing on the Brooklyn side. Most of the surrounding area area fell victim to the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/18/2012 - 5:32pm -

Brooklyn Terminal: 1903

Brooklyn Public Library: 1941
February 4, 1941. "Foyer, Brooklyn Public Library (Ingersoll Memorial), Prospect Park Plaza." Acetate ... stacks, searching for my grandfather's April 1903 Brooklyn Daily Eagle obit. Since that time, the Library has digitized every ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/18/2012 - 12:09am -

Brooklyn Public Library: 1941

On the Waterfront: 1900
... Building near the left of the photo, and the fact that the Brooklyn Bridge is out of view on the right, I would place this near the East ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 04/01/2014 - 10:19am -

On the Waterfront: 1900

Here Come the Girls: 1953
... of the modern sofa bed. Held Over As a young Brooklyn boy in 1953 I remember this version of Times Square well. At the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 01/13/2014 - 4:41pm -

Here Come the Girls: 1953

Brooklyn Bridge: 1909
"Brooklyn Bridge and East River. April 1909." At left, the Manhattan Bridge under construction in this view looking east into Brooklyn with Manhattan Terminal at lower left. 8x10 glass negative, George ... rooftop billboards corresponds to the sight lines from the Brooklyn Bridge approaches. More nastiness Piper Heidsieck Chewing ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/19/2012 - 6:40pm -

Brooklyn Bridge: 1909

Bustling Brooklyn: 1910
New York circa 1910. "Brooklyn. Washington Street from Fulton with Beecher statue." Now Cadman Plaza. ... Below is the same perspective (from the steps of the Brooklyn City/Borough Hall) from November of 2004. A sliver of the Post Office tower in the 1906 view can be seen behind the Brooklyn Eagle Building tower. (Please excuse the dark foreground - long, hard ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/09/2012 - 4:34pm -

Bustling Brooklyn: 1910

Brooklyn Wading Pool: 1942
... pool at a play center at the Red Hook housing development, Brooklyn, New York. The charge to use the pool is nine cents for children, 25 ... elevator. if someone knows some old people who lived in Brooklyn in the 1930s, please send e-mail me! Kvarog@hotmail.com This ... 
 
Posted by Ken - 09/08/2011 - 8:48pm -

Brooklyn Wading Pool: 1942

Tenement Kitchen: 1905
... glass negative. View full size. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn This could be straight out of the book. It's funny how nice a ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/23/2012 - 5:43pm -

Tenement Kitchen: 1905

New York City: 1901
... a supplement behind it, and a forest of masts over by the Brooklyn Bridge. Brooklyn Bridge 1901 The thing that strikes me is that the Brooklyn Bridge ... 
 
Posted by Ken - 09/09/2011 - 12:04am -

New York City: 1901

Dry Dock: 1910
Circa 1910. "Brooklyn Navy Yard, dry dock No. 4." The battleship is unidentified, but ... NoDak Looks like USS North Dakota (BB-29) to me. Brooklyn Navy Yard 2011 I took this photo yesterday from the same spot as ... bricks! Fire damage The USS North Dakota was at the Brooklyn Navy Yard at least twice in 1910 - in June and again in October. On ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/08/2012 - 4:03pm -

Dry Dock: 1910

Engauged: 1942
... effort." Also, this ad from the September 20, 1942 Brooklyn Eagle : Cellar Cockpit Add a turn and bank indicator and you ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 01/09/2014 - 7:59pm -

Engauged: 1942

Welcome to Big D: 1963
... Rappaport's World History class in Abraham Lincoln HS in Brooklyn. Someone came into the class that afternoon, approached her, whispered ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 11/22/2013 - 9:44am -

Welcome to Big D: 1963

Kanatenah Flats: 1910
... to 1994 Oops. More here. A Slice of Brooklyn in Leatherstocking Country 30 years ago, I lived around the corner ... and this part of Genesee Street always felt more like Brooklyn. (Prints, DPC, Utica) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/01/2012 - 3:39pm -

Kanatenah Flats: 1910

Rockaway Bungalows: 1910
... rent a bungalow in the summer months to get us out of Brooklyn for awhile. Great memories. Rockaway, a kid's dream I ... was a great summer getaway for a working class family from Brooklyn. Elisa on B 29th Was your grandma named Bessie? I lived in the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/04/2012 - 5:56am -

Rockaway Bungalows: 1910
 
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