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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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Second to None: 1942

Second to None: 1942

September 1942. New York. "Second Avenue elevated railway at 14th Street in the midst of demolition." Photo by Marjory Collins. View full size.

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Helping the war effort

I would guess all that steel wound up becoming tanks, rifles, helmets, ships, etc., during the war.

♪♪ The newspaper with a flair,

The Journal-American is a family affair!♪♪

By the early '60s, when that jingle was airing on WNEW and WABC, Journal and American had yielded to the hyphenated name. A few years later, the paper merged with the equally moribund World-Telegram and Sun (itself the result of a merger) and the Herald-Tribune (ditto) to become, naturally enough, The World Journal Tribune.

And then it went away forever.

New York El

When you see the pictures on Shorpy of New York's elevated trains, it's really amazing how these massive structures were situated right down the middle of these main thoroughfares.

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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