Actually, City Hall Obscured by the USPS
Actually, City Hall Obscured by the USPS
14 Photos Of 1957 NYC, From Audrey Hepburn To Yankee Stadium
More from this series at MCNY
"Construction worker playing a bagpipe in an unfinished building. 1957." (Arthur Rothstein/MCNY)
Today the Museum of the City of New York announced that they've uploaded new photos to their archives taken by Bronx-native Arthur Rothstein, who graduated from Columbia University, where he founded the University Camera Club and was the photo editor of the Columbian. While he went on to spend years documenting rural and small-town America during the Great Depression (here is one of his most famous photos from 1936), he eventually returned to New York City. These photos were all taken for Look magazine in 1957, and you can find more at the MCNY's website.
Our New Favorite Tumblr Has Cool Photos of Old New York
by Hana Alberts
Ever get all moony over old (or even not-so-old) photos of New York? Yeah, us too. Then this Tumblr we just discovered, NYC Past, will help you get your fix. In fact, it'll be like your crack. Your crack that has page after page of enormous black-and-white photos featuring cornice-laden facades, turn-of-the-century carriages, suffrage parades, and ladies in long skirts arm in arm with men in hats out shopping along Sixth Avenue near the elevated train tracks. Most posts are tagged with their location and year they were taken, as well as their contents (i.e. horses; the Chrysler Building) and range from 1900 all the way up the 80s.
The blog has been up for a little over a year, but who runs it had remained a mystery. Under "more information," it just says "patience." But via NYC Past's sister site in Chicago, we managed to track down the site's founder—a fellow old-photo geek who by day works as a scientist researching the molecular aspects of human diseases.
Vallen Graham, 34, is a relatively recent transplant who moved to the city a few days after a big snowstorm in late 2010. He told us more about how he launched NYC Past, his failsafe sources for old photographs, and his favorite eras in New York's history.
Curbed: How did the site come about?
Vallen Graham: For the past few years, I've been exchanging links to amazing historic photos with my friend John Schroeder from Chicago. One day, in late January of 2012 the idea occurred to us, that we should post these photos on Tumblr to make a more formal collection of what we'd been finding. So we decided on the names "NYC Past" and "Chicago Past" and the same minimal format using the JSTN HiRes Tumblr theme to present large, high-resolution photos with a link back to the original source.
Curbed: Where do you get the photos from, and how do you decide what photos to use on a given day?
VG: All of the photos are from the Library of Congress collection. I also enjoy browsing the collection at the NYC Municipal Archives. Generally, I like to post groups of photos on a particular theme or what's happening in NYC at the time. For example, the Grand Central centennial, rain, snow, or even just a collection of photos with people wearing hats.
Curbed: What is your favorite era of New York City photography history, and why?
VG: My favorite time period is around the 20s and 30s, when there is a noticeable shift from horse-drawn carriages to automobiles. This must have been an amazing time in the city's history.
Curbed: If you had to pick: skyline shots or street life shots?
VG: While I love the skyline shots and observing the changes over time, my favorite images are the street scenes with people. The street photography captures a slice of everyday life, which reminds me that our city has a rich history filled with unknowable personal stories. Also, the fashion was outstanding!!!
NYC Past [nycpast.tumblr.com]
An excellent mashup of then & now news pics in NYC. Click bottom link for slideshow.
New York City then & now: Famous Daily News photos brought back to life
Marc A. Hermann, Charles Payne/New York Daily News
Published: 08/8/2013 9:13:19
497 Dean St. Brooklyn, N.Y.
New York City's rich photo history has been well documented by the Daily News through the years. Many of the places, stories and lives lived by New Yorkers who have come before us are still alive and well, but locked in photography archives. Marc A. Hermann, historian of the New York Press Photographers Association, has juxtaposed then and now photos of New York City, bringing back to life people and stories of the Big Apple's past. Check out some of his amazing work ... March 19, 1942 is a day well captured in the Daily News' archive. Edna Egbert, who lived at 497 Dean St. in Brooklyn, climbed onto her ledge that day. The News captured the distraught woman fighting with the police as she wobbled on the edge. The building is currently painted red, but remains nearly identical to the way it looked 70 years ago.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/...#ixzz2bPWU2noF
Beautiful collection . Would it be possible to use them on my blog? Of course with a reference to this forum thread.
We appreciate linking to this forum. Many of the photos are in the public domain, and you can use them as you wish. For others, you can credit the source.