A Photo Essay on Vintage Photos of New York City and The Photojournalist Who Took Them

Just a few month ago the Museum of the City of New York put on their web site thousands and thousands of vintage photos taken of New York. Has I looked over some of them I was fascinated at the quality of these photos after all these years in storage. These are moments in time that are frozen by these photojournalist’s cameras for us to see how New York looked back then.

If you have the chance and like to see more of these great photos of New York back in the early days, I have put a link to the Museum of the City of New York at the bottom of this hub . There are so many photos on that site and of so many different things as well, might be a great project to do with the kids on a rainy day. And they get to see how New York looked back in the day.

My favorite photo I have used in this hub is one taking be Robert Bracklow and it is a photo of men and woman on the beach fully dressed ,with men in suits and woman in big fancy dresses, I thought it was funny compared to how man and woman are on the beach today with very little on. I guess back then they could not show any skin on the beach, and today sometimes we see to much skin on the beaches, how times have changed .

I tried to find the best photos as well has the best photojournalist to make it more interesting, and give you a bio of these men and woman photojournalist who took all these vintage photos of New York and use their photo to illustrate their work.


Requirements in Order to Use These Photos

In order to use these photos I must fulfill some requirements, here they are : You may download low-resolution images for such fair uses as criticism, reviews, or illustration, as long as they are accompanied by the photographers name, the title of the work, and the line: From the Collections of the Museum of the City of New York. You may not alter, add to, modify, or crop the images in any way without the Museums written consent.

And now let us begin our time travel back in time so you can see how New York looked to these men and woman as they looked through their cameras . Enjoy the trip and photos !

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Title: Hotel Majestic, kitchen. Date: 1917 Title: Park Avenue between 52nd Street and 53rd Streets, west side. Racquet and Tennis Club, entrance. Date: 1918 Title: Brooklyn Union Gas Company, emergency station. Date: 1913 Title: 26th Street at Madison Avenue. Old Madison Square Garden circa 1905?. Date: 5/31/1945 Title: Wall Street. Trinity Church, general view from Stock Exchange Annex. Date: 8/20/1929 Title: New York Chamber of Commerce, assembly room. Date: 1900 Title: 65 Liberty Street. New York Chamber of Commerce, library. Date: 1900 Title: 42nd Street. New York Public Library, front view. Date: 8/27/1945
Title: Hotel Majestic, kitchen. Date: 1917
Title: Hotel Majestic, kitchen. Date: 1917 | Source
Title: Park Avenue between 52nd Street and 53rd Streets, west side. Racquet and Tennis Club, entrance. Date: 1918
Title: Park Avenue between 52nd Street and 53rd Streets, west side. Racquet and Tennis Club, entrance. Date: 1918 | Source
Title: Brooklyn Union Gas Company, emergency station. Date: 1913
Title: Brooklyn Union Gas Company, emergency station. Date: 1913 | Source
Title: 26th Street at Madison Avenue. Old Madison Square Garden circa 1905?. Date: 5/31/1945
Title: 26th Street at Madison Avenue. Old Madison Square Garden circa 1905?. Date: 5/31/1945 | Source
Title: Wall Street. Trinity Church, general view from Stock Exchange Annex. Date: 8/20/1929
Title: Wall Street. Trinity Church, general view from Stock Exchange Annex. Date: 8/20/1929 | Source
Title: New York Chamber of Commerce, assembly room. Date: 1900
Title: New York Chamber of Commerce, assembly room. Date: 1900 | Source
Title: 65 Liberty Street. New York Chamber of Commerce, library. Date: 1900
Title: 65 Liberty Street. New York Chamber of Commerce, library. Date: 1900 | Source
Title: 42nd Street. New York Public Library, front view. Date: 8/27/1945
Title: 42nd Street. New York Public Library, front view. Date: 8/27/1945 | Source

Wurts Brothers.(1879-1979)

Norman and Lionel Wurts started The Wurts Brothers Company of architectural photographers sometime in 1879. Many companies would hire them to take some photos of buildings throughout the city. They had over the years of the company taken many photograph of many building and even home as well. And the collection of photos taken from the time the company started till it closed is said to be more then 18,000 .When Lionel's son Richard joined the company he expanded it by not only taking photos for companies that would hire them but he looked to the future of the company and saw a great market for many of the photos the company had taken and would let them be used in many types of printed format , and did that successfully till the company closed.

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Berenice Abbott  Date: November 18, 1979Title: Pike and Henry Streets Date: March 6, 1936 Comments: Pike Street between Henry and Madison Streets, showing tenements with the Manhattan Bridge in the background. Title: Traveling Tin Shop Date: May 22, 1936 Comments: The location of the photograph is unknown but the neighborhood resembles Talman and Jay Streets in the Fort Greene area of Brooklyn, which Abbott photographed on the same day. Title: Tempo of the City I Date: May 13, 1938 Comments: Fifth Avenue and 44th Street. Title: Manhattan I Date: March 26, 1936 Comments: View of the contrast of 19th century dockside buildings and 20th century skyscrapers taken from Pier 11 on the East River, between Old Slip and Wall Street.  The four tallest buildings are (from left Title: Rockefeller Center with Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas Date: December 8, 1936 Comments: The Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas at Fifth Avenue and 48th Street, with the Time & Life Building under construction behind it and the tall tower of Title: Milkwagon and Old Houses Date: June 18, 1936 Comments: A Sheffield Farms milkwagon in front of 8-10 Grove Street. Title: Greyhound Bus Terminal Date: July 14, 1936
Berenice Abbott  Date: November 18, 1979
Berenice Abbott Date: November 18, 1979 | Source
Title: Pike and Henry Streets Date: March 6, 1936 Comments: Pike Street between Henry and Madison Streets, showing tenements with the Manhattan Bridge in the background.
Title: Pike and Henry Streets Date: March 6, 1936 Comments: Pike Street between Henry and Madison Streets, showing tenements with the Manhattan Bridge in the background. | Source
Title: Traveling Tin Shop Date: May 22, 1936 Comments: The location of the photograph is unknown but the neighborhood resembles Talman and Jay Streets in the Fort Greene area of Brooklyn, which Abbott photographed on the same day.
Title: Traveling Tin Shop Date: May 22, 1936 Comments: The location of the photograph is unknown but the neighborhood resembles Talman and Jay Streets in the Fort Greene area of Brooklyn, which Abbott photographed on the same day. | Source
Title: Tempo of the City I Date: May 13, 1938 Comments: Fifth Avenue and 44th Street.
Title: Tempo of the City I Date: May 13, 1938 Comments: Fifth Avenue and 44th Street. | Source
Title: Manhattan I Date: March 26, 1936 Comments: View of the contrast of 19th century dockside buildings and 20th century skyscrapers taken from Pier 11 on the East River, between Old Slip and Wall Street.  The four tallest buildings are (from left
Title: Manhattan I Date: March 26, 1936 Comments: View of the contrast of 19th century dockside buildings and 20th century skyscrapers taken from Pier 11 on the East River, between Old Slip and Wall Street. The four tallest buildings are (from left | Source
Title: Rockefeller Center with Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas Date: December 8, 1936 Comments: The Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas at Fifth Avenue and 48th Street, with the Time & Life Building under construction behind it and the tall tower of
Title: Rockefeller Center with Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas Date: December 8, 1936 Comments: The Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas at Fifth Avenue and 48th Street, with the Time & Life Building under construction behind it and the tall tower of | Source
Title: Milkwagon and Old Houses Date: June 18, 1936 Comments: A Sheffield Farms milkwagon in front of 8-10 Grove Street.
Title: Milkwagon and Old Houses Date: June 18, 1936 Comments: A Sheffield Farms milkwagon in front of 8-10 Grove Street. | Source
Title: Greyhound Bus Terminal Date: July 14, 1936
Title: Greyhound Bus Terminal Date: July 14, 1936 | Source

Berenice Abbott (1898-1991) Born in Springfield,Ohio-Died in Monson, Maine

When Berenice lived in New York City in the late 1920 she began to see New York changing and taking on this new look, and she began to start to photograph the changing landscape of the city. This project would take up many years of her life to do and most often it was payed with her own money, but the results brought her a lot of praise and fame for this photographic project which she later called this project “Changing New York.” She captured photos of bridges as well has some older building being replaced and overshadow by tall skyscrapers reaching for the sky.

She also traveled to New England to photograph there with her photographic style. In the late 1930, her first book, "Changing New York" was published. In the years after her book was published, her name would appear in many other books and magazine articles. At the same time she was an inventor, and had a great interest in scientific photography which fascinated her. Some years later she took on a new project, she began to photograph scientific phenomena research for the Physical Sciences Study Committee at MIT. In 1960 she became a resident of Maine and lived there for many years, she died in 1991


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Title: [Photographer with tripod set up in wooded area] Date: 1900 Comments: Photograph of Robert L. Bracklow Title: Bronx Park, on Rocking Stone Date: 1895 Comments:  seven young women on Rocking Stone in Bronx Park. Title: [Fire engine on lower Broadway] Date: 1900 Comments: View of a horse-drawn fire truck on lower Boadway. A crowd watches from both sides of the street. Title: Hotel Pabst, Times Square Date: 1900 Comments: Hotel Pabst, with workers on the street in the foreground. Title: On the Beach in Coney Island Date: 1895 Comments: View of people on the beach at Coney Island.  A pavilion is visible to the left. Title: [Woman standing a lake, photographing another woman who is perched to dive] Date: 1900 Comments: Those were the swimwear back in the day . Title: 125th Street and Lenox Avenue after 15" snowfall Date: Between 1870 – 1910 Comments: There were no snowplows back then. Title: Fifth Avenue Coach at Madison Square Park Date: 1900 Comments: View of Madison Square showing construction and the 5th Ave. omnibus loaded with passengers.
Title: [Photographer with tripod set up in wooded area] Date: 1900 Comments: Photograph of Robert L. Bracklow
Title: [Photographer with tripod set up in wooded area] Date: 1900 Comments: Photograph of Robert L. Bracklow | Source
Title: Bronx Park, on Rocking Stone Date: 1895 Comments:  seven young women on Rocking Stone in Bronx Park.
Title: Bronx Park, on Rocking Stone Date: 1895 Comments: seven young women on Rocking Stone in Bronx Park. | Source
Title: [Fire engine on lower Broadway] Date: 1900 Comments: View of a horse-drawn fire truck on lower Boadway. A crowd watches from both sides of the street.
Title: [Fire engine on lower Broadway] Date: 1900 Comments: View of a horse-drawn fire truck on lower Boadway. A crowd watches from both sides of the street. | Source
Title: Hotel Pabst, Times Square Date: 1900 Comments: Hotel Pabst, with workers on the street in the foreground.
Title: Hotel Pabst, Times Square Date: 1900 Comments: Hotel Pabst, with workers on the street in the foreground. | Source
Title: On the Beach in Coney Island Date: 1895 Comments: View of people on the beach at Coney Island.  A pavilion is visible to the left.
Title: On the Beach in Coney Island Date: 1895 Comments: View of people on the beach at Coney Island. A pavilion is visible to the left. | Source
Title: [Woman standing a lake, photographing another woman who is perched to dive] Date: 1900 Comments: Those were the swimwear back in the day .
Title: [Woman standing a lake, photographing another woman who is perched to dive] Date: 1900 Comments: Those were the swimwear back in the day . | Source
Title: 125th Street and Lenox Avenue after 15" snowfall Date: Between 1870 – 1910 Comments: There were no snowplows back then.
Title: 125th Street and Lenox Avenue after 15" snowfall Date: Between 1870 – 1910 Comments: There were no snowplows back then. | Source
Title: Fifth Avenue Coach at Madison Square Park Date: 1900 Comments: View of Madison Square showing construction and the 5th Ave. omnibus loaded with passengers.
Title: Fifth Avenue Coach at Madison Square Park Date: 1900 Comments: View of Madison Square showing construction and the 5th Ave. omnibus loaded with passengers. | Source

Robert Bracklow (1849-1919) Born in Germany-Died in New York City

Robert’s photographs shows a very clean and crisp style and that may be because he used a sharp focus and never need to retouch any of his photos. In his lifetime New York was changing quickly and he set out to capture in photos that change. This rapid change grew this visually excitement within him, architectural change was very interesting to him and he went out to find as much of it has he could. He also liked to take photos of people enjoying their day in the park or at the beach or just sitting by the countryside having a picnic. He also travel to New England has many of the photojournalist did back then, and photograph many buildings in many towns there. He still lived in the same apartment he had shared with his mother, and would live out the rest of his live there


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Jessie Tarbox Beals Title: [Demonstration for women's suffrage.] Date: 1915 Title: [Village store.] Date: 1915 Title: [Couple standing near fountain in Greenwich Village.] Date: 1915 Title: Old Fort C.P. (Central Park) 1885 Date: 1890 Title: Herbert Hoover Date: 1928 Title: [Street scene at night.] Date: 1915 Title: Greenwich Village Date: 1910s - 1920s
Jessie Tarbox Beals
Jessie Tarbox Beals | Source
Title: [Demonstration for women's suffrage.] Date: 1915
Title: [Demonstration for women's suffrage.] Date: 1915 | Source
Title: [Village store.] Date: 1915
Title: [Village store.] Date: 1915 | Source
Title: [Couple standing near fountain in Greenwich Village.] Date: 1915
Title: [Couple standing near fountain in Greenwich Village.] Date: 1915 | Source
Title: Old Fort C.P. (Central Park) 1885 Date: 1890
Title: Old Fort C.P. (Central Park) 1885 Date: 1890 | Source
Title: Herbert Hoover Date: 1928
Title: Herbert Hoover Date: 1928 | Source
Title: [Street scene at night.] Date: 1915
Title: [Street scene at night.] Date: 1915 | Source
Title: Greenwich Village Date: 1910s - 1920s
Title: Greenwich Village Date: 1910s - 1920s | Source

Jessie Tarbox Beals (1870-1942) Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada-Died in New York, New York.

At a young age Jessie began teaching at a local school in Massachusetts and did that for many years. But her love for photography won her heart and she left teaching to become a full time photographer and make some money doing it. Sometime in the early 1900 one of her photos that she took of the Vermont fair was lucky enough to be published in a local paper and won her the title of being the first woman news photographer.

One year later she got a job at one of the local papers and worked there for four years. Seeing a great opportunity to give her career a boost she ask if she could take some photos for the paper of the 1904 World’s Fair which was held in St. Louis. Her bosses told her that they would not allow a woman to do that . But being the strong willed person she was she went there anyway. She did come across much prejudges because she was a female photographer, but she finally got that much need permit to photograph the exhibits at the Fair.

Has she had thought these photos would help give her career that much needed boost and most of her photos did appear in many other publications as well. Now having become the polished photographer she was she had no trouble finding work. And set out to photograph many of New York buildings and used her camera and style to take many photos which she would later call “the soul of New York”.

After her divorce she tried to keep working as a photographer and also raise her daughter as well. She would take many jobs so she could make enough money for her and her daughter to live on. But the Great Depression took many of the much need jobs she depended on away. She ended up penniless and died at Bellevue Hospital.

The very sad part is that most of her photographic work is in very poor shape and so little of it as well. I tried to find the best photos I could find that would illustrate her work and do justices to her talents as a photojournalist I think most of her work was lost to poor storage and handling of her photos over many years.


I hope you enjoyed this photo essay and it’s time travel back in time to the very early days of New York City Thanks to these great photojournalist and their beautiful photos we get to see how New York looked to them as they lived there and has they saw it through their cameras.But remember to that these men and woman photojournalist did not have all the nice small cameras we have today, they had a big heavy camera on a tripod to carry around and then they had to set it up and get the photos they wanted. So just getting the camera from one point to the next was not easy task . It is so nice for the Museum of the City of New York to make these and many more photos of the early days of New York viewable on their web site and it cost you nothing but time to view them all.

If you liked all these photos in this hub and would like to see more of these type of photos of New York City you can go to the Museum of the City of New York web site and view more of their collection of photos of New York. Museum of the City of New York

And by going on the Museum of the City of New York web site and viewing some or all of the photos they have there is like saying thanks to all the men and woman, that not only had to put thousands and thousands of photos on the museum's site but had to put all the written information for each photo as well. And also had to make sure that they had the right photos for the right photojournalist .

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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Thanks for this look at vintage photos from NYC's bygone days! Interesting to think about how the people in the photos might have thought about the future.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi RTalloni nice to see you,Glad you enjoyed this photo essay, Yes i wounder if they could even dream that NYC would look like it does today. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Darrylmdavis 4 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

An enlightening and enjoyable hub :-)


Lynn S. Murphy 4 years ago

Love the vintage photos and stories behind them. NYC to this day never fails to fascinate.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Darrylmdavis nice to see you,so glad to you found this hub enlightening and enjoyable. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments .


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Lynn S. Murphy nice to see you,Glad you love these vintage photos,they are in such good condition for being so old. And glad to hear you also enjoyed the story behind them, these men and woman gave a glimpse into the past with their cameras. I to find NYC very fascinating and try to go there when ever i can.Thanks so much for your nice comments and to for stopping by !


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Wow thanks for this trip back in time. Voted up and awesome. I was born and raised in Bay Ridge Brooklyn so I'm especially interested in these old photos of N.Y. Thanks for this informative hub and for a look at the photographers that took these pics. Passing this on.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Gypsy Rose Lee, glad to hear you enjoyed these vintage photos of NYC and enjoyed the bio of the photographers that took them. I was amazed looking at them myself . Thanks for the vote up and awesome and passing it on. Thanks so much for your nice comments and to for stopping by !


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acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

Awesome and great photos - glad I stopped by - thank you!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Great photos loved looking through them. I also like Berenice's car coat. Nice hub voted up and interesting.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi acaetnna so nice to see you, glad you enjoyed these vintage photos . so glad you stopped by to,your comments are always welcome here.Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi moonlake nice to see you,glad you enjoyed looking through all these photos. I like Berenice's hat i think it is so cute . Thanks so much for your vote up and interesting ! Thanks so much for your nice comments and to for stopping by !


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

wow! awesome vintage photos you have here, K. I did enjoy your hub!

Voted up and all!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi M. nice to see you, glad to hear you enjoyed this hub and all the vintage photos of New York City. Thanks so much for the Voted up and all! Also thanks so much for your nice comments and to for stopping by !


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Kash, this is impressive! Voted up and all across but funny. Great information and awesome pictures! I commend you on a great article. The pics and info are awesome Kash. I can only imagine what people from the hills and country felt when they saw those New York buildings.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi thelyricwriter nice to see you, so glad to hear you enjoyed this hub and thought the photos were awesome. I did to, the photos are what made me want to write this hub . Yes it would be nice to know what those people thought of all those skyscrapers going up . Thanks so much my friend for your nice comments and to for stopping by ! Also thanks for the vote up and more !


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snowdrops 4 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

Hi K, Neat hub! I'm enjoying every vintage photos you have here. very impressive indeed!

All the votes for u!


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

What a wonderful hub, I think it is really interesting to see how times change. These photos are incredible considering how old some of them are.

Thank you for sharing.

I wonder what will be worn on the beach a 100 years from now and if they ever wondered the same thing.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi snowdrops nice to see you, glad to hear you enjoyed all the photos i to thought they were very impressive when i first saw them. They are photo treasures of the past for us to enjoy. Thanks for the vote up,also thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments .


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Rosemay50 nice to see you, so glad you enjoyed this hub and all the photos in it. Yes i to found these photos in such good shape after all these years, i just knew i had to make a hub around them. Yes it would be very interesting to know what people would be wearing on the beach in 100 years. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

old photos have a unique appeal. It's realy nice to compare the old and the new.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi jpcmc nice to see you, glad you enjoyed looking at these old photos and comparing old to what New York looks like now. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Mrs. Menagerie 4 years ago from The Zoo

Brilliant hub! Love it!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Mrs. Menagerie nice to see you,so glad to hear you love this hub, when i first saw these photos i knew it would make a good hub. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

Fantastic photos and such a great hub! So great having something so different and interesting!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Jackie nice to see you, so glad to hear you found this hub interesting , and thought these photos were fantastic. When i first saw these photos i knew i wanted to make a hub around them, glad you enjoyed reading it ! Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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girishpuri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

Loved the vintage photos and story behind them, voted up


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi girishpuri nice to see you, so glad to hear you not only enjoyed viewing these vintage photos but enjoyed the story behind them . Thanks so much for the vote up ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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IsadorasThought 4 years ago

I love photography and this is a great article. Very enjoyable for the eyes!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

A wonderful hub , and and interesting hub about the first lady photographer. God Bless You dear friend.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

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crazyhorsesghost 4 years ago from East Coast , United States

I miss New York City and when I worked there in 80-83 for the Village Voice. I went to Yankee Games and I loved the bridges. Incidentally the Braves own my heart but I guess I'm a secret Yankee fan as long as they aren't playing the Braves.

I have Brooklyn Dodgers Photos up on my walls in my office. Also photos of the old Yankee Stadium and of course the Bridges Of New York City.

I love New York City and still visit it often but can't live there. The mountains of North Carolina in summer and the old part of Key West in winter. That's where I live now. Maybe someday I'll write a great book like Hemingway who is one of my all time heroes. If I do I'll be sure to put the Brooklyn Bridge in it.

Thanks for a wonderful Hub Page and a lot of wonderful memories. You always make me think. And people need to think or they grow weary. Thanks for the memories.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi crazyhorsesghost nice to see you, Yes New York City is one of my favorite places to visit, and try to go there has much as i can, but i also could never live there. Glad to hear you enjoyed this hub and it brought back some memories to you . I'm not a baseball fan but my dad was a Yankee fan. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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crazyhorsesghost 4 years ago from East Coast , United States

You make me think and that's what I really like about your hubs. I'm going to New York in October for a week or so.


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Ryan-Palmsy 4 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away

Awesome photos! Awesome hub!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Ryan-Palmsy nice to see you, glad to hear you thought these photos were awesome has well as this hub . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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toknowinfo 4 years ago

Hi Tom, What a great hub you put together. I live in the suburbs of NYC and love to see how New York has changed over the decades. My father used to say NYC was the capital of the world. These photographers must have thought so too. New York then and now is an amazing place. I encourage everyone to visit this city like no other. Thanks for sharing this wonderful article and website. Rated up all the way!!!!


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Victoria Stephens 4 years ago from London

Hi Kasmir,

It never ceases to amaze me how much things have changed over the years when I look at old photos. Defiantly some very good quality images there.

Thanks for sharing.x


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi toknowinfo nice to see you, So glad to hear you have enjoyed this information and these great photos of New York City . New York is one of my favorite places to visit. It is amazing how the city looked then compared to now Thanks so much for the vote up and more, also thanks for your nice comments and to for stopping by !

Have a great weekend my friend !


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Victoria nice to see you, So glad to hear you have enjoyed these great photos of New York City . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

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quicksand 4 years ago

Hi there Tom! Just visited your profile page to check out if you've got any new articles, and I found this one.

Well, I am also amazed at the quality of some of the old black and white photos that we have in our family album.

Although technology was not as advanced in the days gone by, those photographs are incredibly of excellent quality. The images are pretty sharp too!

Cheers, and good luck! :)


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi quicksand my friend, so very glad to hear that you have enjoyed viewing these old photos of New York City. Yes for the time they were taken in these photos are very clear and sharp. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

Hope you have a great week my friend !!!


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden

The photo of the hotel Majestic kitchen is fantastic! Imagine cooking dinner to all the guests in a hotel from that kitchen. So many wonderful old photos and I enjoyed reading this hub about the photographers who made it possible for us to see this now! You have done a great job, as always. Voted up and interesting!

Tina


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Tina nice to see you, yes that hotel Majestic kitchen is something but that is what they had back then, Glad you enjoyed these old photos has well as the story behind them. Thanks so much for the voted up and interesting! Also thanks so much for your nice comments and to for stopping by !


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Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

Glad I checked this hub out, it's incredible kashmir. To see New York City during this time is really interesting and you wrote wonderfully. It's amazing what these photographers captured with their equipment during this time. Great work! Voted up, interesting, and awesome :)


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi my friend nice to see you, yes i to was amazed at the quality of these photos and the great job these men and woman did to take them.New York was sure different back then it is great to be able to look at these photos and see how much New York has changed . Thanks so much for the voted up, interesting, and awesome ! Also thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


KatrineDM 4 years ago

What a wonderful collection. As a non-American I always look out for new things to learn about your rich culture and background. Thanks for sharing, great photos.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi KatrineDM nice to see you, glad you had a look at these old photos of New York City and enjoyed them. It is always nice to learn new things, that's one of the great benefits of HubPages . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota

You did a great job on this photo essay. Just making my first trip to New York this summer made it even more fun. The picture of the woman at the beach was really interesting to me. Like you said, things have changed so much. They would be blown away at how different things are now.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi twin my friend, so glad you enjoyed all these great old photos of New York City.Yes i think those people in the photos would be shocked at the way New York has changed . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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earthbound1974 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

I also have an inkling for old (vintage) photos. Really, pictures paint thousands or even million words.

Awesome! Thanks for sharing!!!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi earthbound1974 nice to see you, so nice to hear that you enjoy looking at vintage photos, and so glad you liked these photos of New York . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada

Tom, this is fantastic! I love old photos like this, because they give a glimpse of another time. How fascinating that these individuals gave their lives to an art that must have seemed strange to those around them. I especially admire Jessie Beals, who was so determined to take photos, no matter what. What passion she had!

Thanks for sharing such an interesting story, with pictures. Wonderful job!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi prairieprincess nice to see you, glad to hear you enjoyed this hub and these old photos . Yes i do agree with you that Jessie Beals had such a passion for taking the photos she did. So glad you found this hub interesting . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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jsasson 4 years ago from Florida

very interesting, thanks


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi jsasson nice to see you, glad you found this hub interesting hope you enjoyed looking at all the photos . Thanks for so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

That is the great thing about writing here. You say you say the pictures and were inspired and that is how many of my hubs happen. Something I come across in sight or thought and I just have to do a hub about it, glad to see we have that in common.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi my friend Jackie nice to see you, Glad to hear we have something in common when it comes to writing hubs. I just found the whole subject inspirational and thought it would make a great hub. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

I absolutely love this Hub! I never tire of old photographs, especially of big cities. The ones you highlighted here are marvelous. Well done. Great gallery!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi James my friend nice to see you, glad you have enjoyed viewing these old photos of New York and really loved this hub. Hope when you have time you use the link at the bottom of this hub to view more photos like these. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

I love old photos, and like you said, they are frozen in time.... That moment! So much history behind them. Takes you back in time, doesn't it?!

Enjoyed your hub, and will visit the NYC Mesuem site. Thanks for all the info. And the beautiful photos.

Voting up +


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi LaThing nice to see you, So nice to hear you love looking at old photos and enjoyed viewing these. It is a great time travel to see how New York looked then. Hope you enjoy viewing more of these great photos on the Museum of the City of New York web site. Thanks so much for your Voting up + ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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photostudiosupply 4 years ago from Rochester, New York

Great hub, highlighting Vintage photography... Collection of photos is too good.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi photostudiosupply nice to see you, nice to hear you have enjoyed these old photos of New York. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Rusti Mccollum 4 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

I just loved this hub! Wow has time changed New York. The landscapes are so different now. ILOVE OLD PHOTOS and the stories and people that accompany them. .I couldn't get enough of this one. Great Job! I enjoy your writings so much!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Rusti nice to see, yes it is amazing how much New York has changed since then. So glad to hear you have enjoyed reading this hub and viewing the great old photos of New York . Thanks so much for your support in reading what i have written. Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

These are so gorgeous. I love New York City and the amazing architecture. When I am there, I can picture life a hundred years ago and how people lived in the boroughs snug and friendly just as we do in our own little neighborhoods. The photos you found are just amazing. Thank you for this wonderful photo journey to the Big Apple.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Hyphenbird nice to see you, glad you appreciate the beauty of these old photos of New York City. It is so nice to be able to look back and see what New York looked like back then. So happy you have enjoyed this hub and the journey it brought you on through these amazing photos. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Wow! Amazing hub you have assembled and amazing vintage photos of New York City back in time. I have a photo of my great grandmother in a bathing suit similar to those shown in one of the photos. So many wonderful photos! Great one of Herbert Hoover. We learned much about him by visiting his Presidential Library in West Branch, Iowa. I wrote a hub about that experience. Thanks for showing us some of the photos from the Museum of New York City. Nice that they allow the sharing of them in such fashion. Many up votes and sharing.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Peggy nice to see you, nice to hear you found these photos amazing and enjoyed viewing them. I to like the photo of those woman in their bathing suits nice to hear that your grandmother had the same type of bathing suit has well. It was a great find and glad to that they have allowed me to use these photos in my hub. Thanks so much for the many up votes and sharing! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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ignugent17 4 years ago

Interesting, Awesome, Beautiful and useful. It is so wonderful to look at the pictures and to know the people who took them. What a wonderful information. It shows simplicity in life and yet it is beautiful.

Thanks for sharing. :-)


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi ignugent17 nice to see you, glad to hear you have enjoyed these vintage photos of New York . Yes you are right back in that time it was a much simple life style than now. Thanks so much for the Interesting, Awesome, Beautiful and useful! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

This was just wonderful! I loved Bernice Abbott's work!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Audrey nice to see you, Bernice was one of the great photographers of her time and took many great photos of New York and New England it's not surprising you liked her work the best. Glad to hear you found this hub wonderful and enjoyed viewing all the photos. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

What a beautiful and fascinating hub this is. Not only because I adore old photographs, but the photojournalists themselves are very interesting. I think my favourite out of an extraordinary group of people is Jessie Tarbox Beals, not only because of her stunning photography, but she's a classic example of a very talented person, who ended her life sadly when she should have being praised and respected for her outstanding contribution to a very special city like New York!

Great hub, voted up + shared!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Seeker7 nice to see you, Yes Jessie Tarbox Beals was a very talented photojournalist and had a good eye for it. It is so sad to how her life turned out at the end. Glad to hear you enjoyed viewing all these old photos and enjoyed reading about these great photojournalists who took these awesome photos of New York City. Thanks so much for the voted up + shared! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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tlmcgaa70 4 years ago from south dakota, usa

totally awesome hub! i have always loved old photographs, and to see those of what NY used to be like, sometimes it is hard to remember that such cities began as nothing more than a one street town. i applaud those photographers for their vision and insight that spurred them to catch the growth and change on photo's. great hub, voted up and shared.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I couldn't help but wonder: what would these photographers think if they could see how we take photographs now?? You did a wonderful job with this Hub, and I'm glad you shared these photographs with us.

I voted this Hub UP, etc. and will share.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi tlmcgaa70 nice to see you glad you have enjoyed viewing these great old photos and enjoyed reading about these great photojournalists that took them. Thanks so much for the voted up and shared! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi mary nice to see you, Yes they would be amazed at the cameras we have today and how they take photos. Glad you enjoyed viewing these old photos of New York . Thanks so much for the vote up and more and share! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Oh how I enjoyed this Geography and History lesson by you.

You are indeed a great teacher and here's to so many more to come.

Eddy.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Eiddwen nice to see you, Glad you enjoyed the photo and bio's of these great photojournalist, i learned a lot in making the hub, glad you did to.

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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

I love vintage pictures. Everything looks so different today. The bio's that went with them were awesome. Up and awesome.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi KoffeeKlatch Gals nice to see you, glad you enjoyed these great vintage photos of New York and also enjoying reading the bio's of these photojournalist that took them. Thanks so much for your up and awesome ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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cat on a soapbox 4 years ago from Los Angeles

Hi Tom,

I love architecture and its details and found your hub really interesting! Thanks for sharing the bios of these talented photographers too. Wish I could have seen this exhibit in person- wow! Lugging heavy equipment around on a tripod must have been challenging, esp for those photogaphers who shot from the I-beams of skyscrapers still under construction. It gives me vertigo to just think about it! Voted up!

Cat:)


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Cat nice to see you, glad you enjoyed these vintage photos of New York and it great architecture has well. You are right it must have been a challenge just to get some great photos anywhere much less on a I-beams of skyscrapers. Thanks so much for the vote up ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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bettybarnesb 4 years ago from Bartlett, TN

Hey Tom! Totally love your photos. How fortunate you were go get these. Truly they are priceless. Thank you very much for sharing!

be blessed...


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi bettybarnesb nice to see you,glad you have enjoyed viewing these vintage photos of New York and thought they were priceless. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Kenja 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

Informative, cool, thoughtful, different. Good show Kashmir. Ken


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Ken nice to see you, glad you enjoyed reading this information and hope you did enjoy the photos as well. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Elias Zanetti 3 years ago from Athens, Greece

Fantastic hub; the evolution of New York which ends the presentation of the city sums it up well. Thanks for sharing with us. Voted up and awesome.


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Elias Zanetti nice to see you, glad you enjoyed this hub and you are right the evolution of New York has been a incredible transition . Thanks so much for your vote up and awesome ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


WebWatcher 3 years ago

Hella great blog! Very helpful, very informative, and very well done. Extremely relative to my interests!


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trusouldj 3 years ago from Indiana

Very interesting.


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

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Insightful Tiger 3 years ago

What amazing treasures! Thank you so much for sharing this hub; I loved it! Voted up and pinned!


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Insightful Tiger nice to see you, nice to hear you loved this hub and thought it was a treasure. These photos are truly a great treasure of moments frozen in time . Thanks so much for your vote up and pinned ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

A Photo Essay on Vintage Photos of New York City and The Photojournalist Who Took Them, great hub and vintage photos have such unique appearance


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

Miss reading your hubs! See you around!

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