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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Three Skyscrapers: 1912

Three Skyscrapers: 1912

New York circa 1912. "Manhattan skyline from Brooklyn." The Singer Building rises at left along with the Woolworth tower and Municipal Building, both under construction. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

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United Fruit Company

They had a pier in Weehawken, NJ that was served by the New York Central RR in the 1950's. I worked there one time, loading bananas into refrigerator cars. I was told that you could take what you wanted of the bananas. After that, I didn't want to buy them in markets.
Also, look out for the scorpions.

Maine Steamship Company

The Official Guide of the Railways, July 1902.

Maine Steamship Co.

Direct line of fast modern passenger steamers between New York and Portland. A short, refreshing sea trip. New steamers North Star and Horatio Hall now in commission. The route to Bar Harbor, White Mountains, St. John, and all the famous eastern coast resorts.

Leave Pier (New) 32, East River, New York, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 5:00 p.m., and Franklin Wharf, Portland, same days at 6:00 p.m. Freight received daily up to 6:00 p.m., for all point in Maine, New Brunswick, Canada, and the West and Northwest, and all local points on the Grand Trunk Railway. No re-handling of freight. Cars run to steamers' dock at Portland.

Ticket office in New York: 290 Broadway, corner Reade St.

Fare: One way, $5.00 — including berth in cabin. Staterooms and meals extra. …

Water Exploring, A Guide to Pleasure Steamboat Trips Everywhere, 1902.

Journey LXVII. Between New York and Portland, Maine, by the steamers of the Maine Steamship Co., "North Star" and "Horatio Hall," going eastward, the Sound by night, the Massachusetts and Maine coasts by day; going westward, the coasts by day, Long Island Sound by night. Time of passage 20 hours.

More Harold Lloyd point of view in Speedy (1928)

Here is how the view looks during an opening scene from Speedy, filmed in 1927. The Transportation Building stands to the left of the Woolworth Building.

Here also is how I incorporate the title card from Speedy, the opening shot, and the Library of Congress photo presented here, in my Harold Lloyd book Silent Visions.

80 Maiden Lane

I worked at 80 Maiden Lane, the large white building on the left, for a number of years (including 9/11, as a matter of fact). It was overshadowed by most of its neighbors. Neat to see it standing head and shoulders above the rest, when it was just a youngster.

Harold Lloyd point of view in Speedy (1928)

This view matches the view of the same three buildings as they appear on the title card to Harold Lloyd's 1928 silent comedy feature Speedy, filmed on location in New York during the summer of 1927. The title card artist must have used an older photo, such as this one, as a reference, because by 1927 the Woolworth Building had acquired a 44-story neighbor, the Transportation Building.

My new book, Silent Visions: Discovering Early Hollywood and New York through the films of Harold Lloyd, contains over 80 pages of photos of where Lloyd filmed Speedy in and around New York, including several from the Library of Congress that first came to my attention here at Shorpy.

To see a few New York locations, a tour of where Lloyd filmed scenes in Brooklyn, and a few locations from my books where Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton filmed, check out my blog below.

What's There Now

To put it in perspective, Pier 16 is home to a major NYC attraction , the South Street Seaport. It is frequented by tourists as well as the workforce from the nearby Financial District. On Friday evenings the place is packed with young people celebrating the end of the work week.

SHORPY OLD 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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