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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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East Sixty-Second: 1938

East Sixty-Second: 1938

1938. "New York, New York. East 62nd Street." Where this two-masted schooner sets sail every washday. Acetate negative by Sheldon Dick. View full size.

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“Lines up! Lines up!"

My late father (1912-2009) stated that years ago there were street vendors who specialized in replacing broken laundry lines. They were wiry-looking fellows who would climb the pole for a fee.

They would walk down the streets crying “Lines up! Lines up!” while also keeping an eye out for apartments that needed their services.

Re: Laundry Poles

Au contraire, Fathead. Of my last five apartments in Brooklyn all had laundry poles in the backyards; two were still being used for their intended purpose. Most you see are just rusty reminders of by-gone years. But you have to actually look: like telephone poles and electric lines, they are so prevalent you no longer even see them.

Almost new, and very shiny...

1938 Chevrolet Standard sedan at the curb.

I can see Mexico

-- on the other side of that wall!

That ship has sailed

But the building on the left remains intact.

Laundry poles

Something you won't see on the city landscape any longer. Growing up in the Bronx seeing our laundry flapping in the breeze out our kitchen window was a usual sight. Now we have specially scented fabric softener to imitate the fresh clean scent.

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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