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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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A New Angle: 1903

A New Angle: 1903

New York circa 1903. "The Flatiron Building." Where, as we like to say, there are three sides to every story. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

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Of the April 17, 2017 New Yorker. ("Fashion District" by Harry Bliss.)

Watch Out!

Looks like the pedestrian was king in those days, or else they couldn't see the crosswalks in the snow. People crossing everywhere, watch out for those wagons and trolleys!

[There's no snow (or crosswalks, either) in this photo. - Dave]

Never Gets Old

As a born and bred New Yorker, I have seen countless images of this building from every conceivable angle, but I think this is one of the most beautiful buildings ever constructed; the way it "fits" into the street grid, its graceful lines -- just marvelous!


My head is spinning from viewing the flow of traffic in this photo. From the streetcars on Broadway travelling down the left side, to the horse carts in every direction, to the jaywlaking pedestrians -- while the streetsweepers do their best in the chaos.

White Wing & Electric Cab

Right front and center there is a Whitewing doing his street sweeping duties next to an Electric Carriage and Wagon Company electric taxi.

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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