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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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Windsplit: 1903

Windsplit: 1903

New York circa 1903. "The Flatiron Building." Yet another view of this early skyscraper, from what seems to be the favored vantage. This is the uncropped variant of a Detroit Publishing view seen here last year. View full size.

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You probably don't see many haywagons traveling down those streets nowadays.


Any idea where the photographer may have stood to take this?

"Rear End" View

Not quite as impressive from the rear, but still a beautiful building!

The Continental

About 10 years after this picture was taken, Thomas Riley Marshall, Woodrow Wilson's vice president, said something about the Country needing a good five-cent cigar. In this picture, the Hotel Bartoldi, just east of the Flatiron Building on 23rd Street, has a sign on its roof hawking the Continental Cigar for 10 cents. That had to be one good smoke.

Sighs --

Can I just "like" this?

2nd story

Is the guy standing outside washing the windows or painting a sign on the glass?


I count 13 flagpoles and no flags. What gives?

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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