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Empire State: 1933

Empire State: 1933

July 4, 1933. "New York City. Empire State Building from 41st Street and Fifth Avenue." 4x5 nitrate negative by Theodor Horydczak. View full size.


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Works of Art

In each photo of this time period I'm struck with the care and detail used in making the streetlights. I think they were magnificent.

As Originally Conceived by the Architect

It is interesting to see the young building in its early surroundings. While today it is still prominent from a distance, here we can see its dramatic profile from the street when its only rival was the slightly-older Chrysler Building.

Art Deco

It's the first time I see the original top of that skyscraper. It's a beautiful example of art deco architecture, and it's too bad it's been overwhelmed by antennas as time went by.

It was truly a splendid skyscraper in the New York skyline at the time, an architectural success.

Car to the right

It's a 1933 Buick Convertible Sedan and was expensive then and would be incredibly more so now. My grandfather said that lots of physicians bought Buicks during those years because the cars didn't make their owners appear they were flaunting their wealth, but also indicated that their patients lived at least long enough to pay their medical bills.


Below is the same view from April of 2006.


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