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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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Radio City: 1939

Radio City: 1939

Rockefeller Center, New York, 1939. "Radio City buildings -- RCA." The sky­scrap­er known as 30 Rock. Gelatin silver print by Irving Underhill. View full size.

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Anyone know...

Where this was taken from? I'm guessing the Waldorf Astoria?

RockyCellar Fenta

Accidentally dubbed by some tongue-tied radio announcer years ago.

30 Rock

I can see right into Liz Lemon's office!

The Beauty of Art Deco

Rockefeller Center is a classic example of modern architecture in a big city done right. From the design, the structure, the functionality and the beauty, every thing works. Three quarters of a century after it was finished, it is still a marvel. Few if any buildings that have gone up in Manhattan in the last two decades have any real architectural integrity. More recently a drastic change in zoning rules has allowed for the construction of a multitude of spindly luxury skyscrapers that are an atrocity and are destroying the skyline of New York City.

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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