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Old October 12th, 2004, 05:20 AM   #1
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Vintage Color Photos of US cities

St. Louis
1949








1966




Kansas City 1953



Chicago
Most of the Chicago pics where posted in there own thread a long time ago.






Baltimore
1940



Atlanta
1951






Providence 1941


Harrisburg 1941




Wichita 1952


Indianapolis 1963



New Orleans 1951




1959




Cleveland 1941



Des Moines 1959





Dallas 1953



Austin 1959


Los Angeles 1952




Denver 1952



Sioux Falls, SD 1958


Tulsa 1952


Salt Lake City, 1958


Nashville
1951

1963


Buffalo 1941


New York City












Photos from the Charles W. Cushman Collection
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Old October 12th, 2004, 05:49 AM   #2
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WOW, that must have taken alot of time and effort. I love how you posted pictures from all over the country that is really great. I would vote this thread of the month.
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Old October 12th, 2004, 06:35 AM   #3
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Awesome.

Salt Lake City looked so suburban already.
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Old October 12th, 2004, 06:45 AM   #4
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On second look I see even more how amazing these pictures are. It is really something to see how big and bustling some cities were that we barely notice now. I had no Idea Dallas was that big even long ago as well, I really think they destroyed a good bit of their older architecture sadly, and replaced them with some dootie looking 60's/70's nasty ones...I wish more cities kept their older architecture. In SLC's defense it isnt so much suburban today, it does have a height limit and was originally designed with I believe 150 ft wide streets!
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Old October 12th, 2004, 09:53 AM   #5
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This is by far one of the most interesting and enjoyable threads I have ever seen. The pictures are so cool. Thread of the month? How about thread of the year. Awesome is all I can say.
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Old October 12th, 2004, 10:57 AM   #6
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that's some awesome stuff you posted there.
Thanks! great thread
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Old October 12th, 2004, 03:36 PM   #7
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FANTASTIC! Thanks for awesome pix.

Progress is interesting. Sometimes two steps forward, one step back. Other times, one step forward, one step back.

US cities today have far more razzle dazzle than they did before. There is a vibrant, almost European feel, to the street life. Post industrial cities seek out the amenities (culture, entertainment, restaurants, attractions) in ways unimaginable in the past.

Yet I look at these cities in the 1950's and I see something sorely missing today: reality. In some ways our cities have become charactericures of themselves (wittness San Francisco). The cities of the 50's were real. Warts and all. Grit rubbing shoulders with class. One word that would never be used to describe them is plastic. Sadly not true today. And before technology homogenized the whole country with coast-to-coast McDonald's, WalMarts, Ikeas, the cities of the past had personality. Regional personality. A sense of place.

Progress, a mixed bag.
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Old October 12th, 2004, 04:22 PM   #8
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Thanks - more Atlanta pics are posted on the southeast forum in case anyone was curious.

What is interesting to see is how regionally influenced many of these cities are at this time. By now most of these cities, particularly the sunbelt cities, appear to be shunning their regional significance. In particular is Atlanta, at this time - though the city had started growing faster than rival Birmingham - is how Atlanta was no more than an overgrown farm / mill town at this point. I'm guessing this side of the capitol is now the parking deck backed by the freeway.
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Old October 12th, 2004, 05:37 PM   #9
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Thanks.

Aside from the skyline, New Orleans hasn't changed much. Still has that vaguely seedy, rundown look. That 2nd NO pic--the vine-covered building--is Maylie's Restaurant which was still around a few years ago, and maybe still is. I used to eat there occasionally--still vine-covered, wisteria I believe.
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Old October 12th, 2004, 06:48 PM   #10
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On second look I see even more how amazing these pictures are. It is really something to see how big and bustling some cities were that we barely notice now. I had no Idea Dallas was that big even long ago as well, I really think they destroyed a good bit of their older architecture sadly, and replaced them with some dootie looking 60's/70's nasty ones...I wish more cities kept their older architecture. In SLC's defense it isnt so much suburban today, it does have a height limit and was originally designed with I believe 150 ft wide streets!

I whole-heartedly agree...look at this street in downtown Miami in the early part of the last century






and look at the same street a few years ago





It's Crazy that this is the exact same location
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Old October 13th, 2004, 03:57 AM   #11
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wow amazing pictures.
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Old October 13th, 2004, 05:19 AM   #12
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Old October 13th, 2004, 12:18 PM   #13
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Old and New [ NYC ]

NYC

not much of a difference actually besides the building on the right

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Old October 13th, 2004, 07:25 PM   #14
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my eyes and mind needed this thread!




this thread will be archived for posterity!
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Old October 16th, 2004, 06:16 AM   #15
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fabulous
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Old October 16th, 2004, 06:41 AM   #16
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Old October 21st, 2006, 07:00 AM   #17
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this great thread needs a bump
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Old October 31st, 2006, 02:02 AM   #18
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Incredible pics
Thankfully this thread is now moved to archive
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Old October 31st, 2006, 02:57 AM   #19
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Many of these pics are proof that the Good Old Days weren't always so good.

Some of these places look like absolute dumps.
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Old October 31st, 2006, 10:39 AM   #20
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Fascinating thread...... thanks for this.
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