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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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Fifth Avenue Hotel: 1901

Fifth Avenue Hotel: 1901

New York circa 1901. "Fifth Avenue Hotel, southwest corner of Madison Square." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative by William Henry Jackson. View full size.

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Early Morning

Judging by shadows, low sun in the southwestern sky, and the relative lack of people, this photo looks like it was taken pretty early in the morning.

[The shadows show the sun to be overhead, not low on the horizon. - Dave]


Statue of William H. Seward, Secretary of State who negotiated the Alaska purchase in 1867 for $7.2 million, by sculptor Randolph Rogers.

Interesting Trackwork

Streetcar lines on both streets are powered by underground conduits, but only horsecars or trailers could use the curved connection tracks.

Roof Masts

On the hotel roof and the three buildings to the right of it looks like at least 30-foot masts. Too early for radio.

[Wireless telegraphy got its start in the 1890s, so it's not "too early for radio." But those are flagpoles. - Dave]

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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