NYC's Department of Records announced today the debut of an online photo database, containing 870,000 vintage images of New York City from the 19th and 20th centuries - free for all of us to look and enjoy (and buy prints!). It took 4 years for them to make it happen - from choosing the images, develop, scan, upload and add description and keywords. Amazing work.
This collection is pure gold. I cant stop looking through the pictures they have there. Here are few examples, so sit back and enjoy:
June 5, 1908: Phase one of the construction of The Manhattan Bridge.
October 7, 1914: Painters in the wires of the Brooklyn Bridge.
July 29, 1908: Workers dig in Delancy Street on the Lower East Side.
December 22, 1936: a man stops to see the view from the George Washington Bridge.
November 24, 1915: elevator operator Robert Green and building engineer Jacob Jagendorf found dead in an elevator shaft after a failed robbery attempt.
October 2, 1930: Workers lay bricks to make a new road on 28th street.
May 18, 1940: Man reads a newspaper on the corner of 40th street and Sixth Avenue. Top story: "Nazi Army Now 75 Miles From Paris."
September 30, 1936: Baseball legend Babe Ruth signing excited fans on their game program during game One of the 1936 World Series at the Polo Grounds.
1937: Grand Central Station as seen from the famous "Campbell apartment" bar.
Undated: The Third Avenue elevated train right next to City Hall.
1940: New Yorkers swim in the Astoria public pool with the Hell Gate railroad bridge in the back.
Via The Daily Mail.
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