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Amazing Pictures Of New York City In The Early 1900s

30 Nov

New York, like most older American cities, has changed plenty over the centuries.

But one ever-present trait is the city’s photogenic nature: it’s the backdrop of many a tourist photo, Hollywood movie, and music video.

This urban beauty even extends back to the early 1900s. The Library of Congress affords us the opportunity to look back at New York when it was just entering the 20th century.

What was life like in 1900? How have some of our favorite landmarks changed? And what looks remarkably the same?

City Hall, Manhattan

Coney Island

Federal Hall

Times Square

Union Square, flower market

11th Avenue

34th Street and 5th Avenue

Central Park

City Hall subway station

College of the City of New York

Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn

Greenwich Village, hot dog festival

Harlem River

Madison Square

Mott Street (Chinatown)

Prospect Park

South Street Seaport

Statue of Liberty, from the torch

The Brooklyn Bridge

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Washington Bridge and Harlem River Drive


Amazing Vintage Photos of Egypt from the 1870s

30 Nov
The New York Public Library has shared an incredible gallery of over 9,000 photographs and illustrations of the Middle East from the 17th century to the beginning of the 20th century. These include, books, albums and archival compilations.

Monuments of ancient Egypt and the Biblical world figured prominently in the early years of photography. French Academician François Arago (1786-1853) endorsed the new medium in 1839 claiming it would provide a labor-saving means “to copy the millions and millions of hieroglyphics which entirely cover the great monuments at Thebes, Memphis and Carnac, etc.” Immediately artist-travelers took chemicals, cameras, and photographic plates of metal, and later glass into the regions around the southeastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea, to record the famous sights that had been known previously to Westerners only through the intervention of the artist’s hand.

In addition to early photographic pioneers Du Camp, Salzmann, Robertson & Beato, and Frith, the collection includes work by image providers catering to tourist travelers in the last third of the 19th century, such as Arnoux, A. Beato, Bonfils, Lekegian, Sébah, and Zangaki. The selection offers resources for exploring Western impressions of the Middle East in that era through the lens of practitioners of the new medium of photography, and in turn through the expectations, preferences, and assumptions of its consumers.

Below is a curated selection of 30 photographs of Egypt from 1870-1875. Enjoy!

Mid-Century Buildings

28 Nov

Photos of London 60 years ago and now

26 Nov

Color Pictures of Ukraine from 1890 – 1900

25 Nov

The Construction of Empire State Building

19 Nov

The Empire State Building is a 102-story landmark skyscraper and American cultural icon in New York City at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street. It has a roof height of 1,250 feet (381 meters), and with its antenna spire included, it stands a total of 1,454 ft (443.2 m) high. Its name is derived from the nickname for New York, the Empire State. It stood as the world’s tallest building for 40 years, from its completion in 1931 until construction of the World Trade Center’s North Tower was completed in 1972. Following the destruction of the World Trade Center in 2001, the Empire State Building once again became the tallest building in New York. [Wikipedia]

Working atop on the roof of a skyscraper, 1939

19 Nov
Man working atop a 32 foot high replica of the Empire State Building New York City, 1939 (via)

Man balancing on a piece of wood on the roof of a skyscraper 1939 (via)