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Feb. 22, 1908. Three New York-Brooklyn bridges from Brooklyn. An amazingly detailed panorama of New York recorded by George Grantham Bain.


New York circa 1913. Woolworth Building under construction." Other Manhattan landmarks on view include City Hall Park and its post office.


New York circa 1903. Grand Central Station and Hotel Manhattan." The coming decade would see the replacement of this structure by the current Grand Central Terminal.


Circa 1903. Shoppers on Sixth Avenue, New York City.
 

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New York circa 1902. New East River bridge from Brooklyn. The Williamsburg Bridge under construction.


New York circa 1903. East River from Brooklyn tower of Williamsburg Bridge.


New York circa 1909. Madison Avenue and the towers. Starring the new Metropolitan Life building.



December 1940. Brockton, Massachusetts. Men and a woman reading headlines posted in window of Brockton Enterprise newspaper office on Christmas Eve.
 

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The Williamsburg Bridge under construction circa 1902.


New York, 1917. Landship Recruit on Union Square. The U.S.S. Recruit, a wooden battleship erected by the Navy, served as a World War I recruiting station at Union Square from 1917 to 1920, when it "set sail" for Coney Island.


Circa 1900. "New York financial district from the Woodbridge Building.


Foggy day by Fulton fish market. 1943


Brooklyn Bridge over East River.1905.
 

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December 1909. Met Life Building. The Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. tower on a gray winter afternoon in Manhattan the year of its completion. It was the tallest building in the world until 1913, when it was surpassed by the Woolworth Building.


Brooklyn Bridge and East River. April 1909. At left, the Manhattan Bridge under construction in this view looking east into Brooklyn with Manhattan Terminal at lower left.


New York, July 15, 1908. Temporary footpath, Manhattan Bridge.


Union Square from a skyscraper. Winter in New York. 1908.


All photos taken from http://www.shorpy.com/
 

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This is far better than porn.
 

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This is my personal favourite. I love the contrast between the slick clinical financial district merging into the busy market street scene below. You can almost hear the noise of the big city as it was back then.....few car engine noises...the clip-clops of horses.. the sounds of people talking...market men selling their wares...

 

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Coney Island ,Bowery 1903.



Mott Street 1910.


Elizabeth Street 1912


Building the Queensborough Bridge. 1907


The Queensborough Bridge 1908
 

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Queensborough Bridge 1910.


The view from Jersey City , 1939


5th Avenue and 42nd street. 1913


The 1918 races at Sheepshead Bay.


Post Office and Eagle building 1906.
 

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It's amazing how quickly cars took hold in New York. On pictures from 1905 it's mostly carriages, yet by 1915 there's auto traffic visually equal to that of today.
 

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when i see these photos i get an indscribable feeling, i'll call it the New York effect. Btw if i had a time machine i'd definately go back to New York in the 19-30's - 1940's
 

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Damn..That's why I like photography...I wish I was alive back then...
 

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Lucky for all of us, photography and now the Internet lets us become time travelers.......oh ! to walk those streets. In a way you can......after a lifetime seeing movies and looking at picture books New York was almost a fantasy...couldn't be real ? yet after a few visits I still see lots of this through the modern changes.....some places you just have to look harder but it's there..well, lot's of it.....shame about the treasures long gone.
 

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Now this is a fact...You can't make any new pictures of Old New York. Photography before digital was taken by a few..not the masses.....yet we are lucky to see past times. There must be a million pics taken on Manhattan each day now ?
 
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