Success Magazine On Ways To Stay Young
From the September 1906 issue of Success Magazine comes this article on staying young.
Is it as simple as city versus country living? Going to the theater erases age? Maybe if you see a boring modern Broadway show that puts you in a cryogenic-like state Continue reading
Looking North Along Centre Street From Chambers Street 1903
This stereoview shows lower Manhattan looking north from Chambers Street, circa 1903. The main boulevard on the right is Centre Street. Continue reading
Businesses, Horses & People On Crowded West Street c. 1885
This stereoview of West Street demonstrates the importance of this shoreline street.
West Street, adjacent to the Hudson River with its piers and ferry terminals, was a vital cog to Manhattan’s commerce. Continue reading
The Swim-Easy Girls On Their Way To Bard’s Bathing Beauty Contest In Pasadena 1926
This 1926 photo by Dickson & Thurber shows the Swim-Easy Girls on their way to Bard’s Bathing Beauty Contest at Bard’s Theatre in Pasadena, CA. Continue reading
Birdseye View Of Times Square From The Times Tower Building c. 1910
Our view comes from the Keystone Mast Collection and shows the rapidly developing Times Square.
But as you can see, north of 42nd Street there are no skyscraper buildings. While many eight to ten story buildings dot the landscape, the tallest structure in this vicinity is the building where the photo was taken from. Continue reading
New York Night Scenes
Let’s start by saying in general most of these postcard scenes of New York are not really night scenes. The postcard companies would take a daytime scene and simply transform it into a night view.
Out first view of the Bowery at night circa 1905 is a prime example of day turned into night.
On the extreme left a small portion of the facade of the Bowery Savings Bank can be seen. Above the street is the Third Avenue El.
Looking North From The Third Avenue Elevated Station At 34th Street
Our photograph was taken in 1930 by Percy Loomis Sperr who documented the changing scenes of New York during the 1920s, 30s and 40s.
We are looking north from the Third Avenue El’s station at 34th Street. Continue reading
Looking Up Broadway From 9th Street – 1884
This magic lantern slide street level view of Broadway looking north from 9th Street shows a bustling scene. The date attached to the image was “circa 1890.” Continue reading
Selling 5th Avenue & 42nd Street In 1858 For “Moderate Terms”
From Its Windows One Could See The Hudson and East Rivers, Staten Island, Long Island, The Palisades and Westchester!
Fifth Avenue dwellings for sale 1858
This Gothic style structure stood on the southeast corner of Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. The view is from an 1858 real estate advertising broadside print. On the southwest corner you can see a portion of the retaining wall of the massive Croton Distributing Reservoir which supplied New York’s drinking water. The main branch of the New York Public Library now occupies the site of the reservoir.
5th Ave and 42nd St. 1855 before construction of The House of Mansions. Croton Distributing Reservoir is on the right.
Though the structure appears to be one large building, it is actually 11 separate buildings. It was nicknamed The House of Mansions.
The buildings were designed by famed architect Alexander Jackson Davis and built by merchant George Higgins in 1856 as a speculative real estate investment. The buildings boasted amazing views of distant vistas including Long Island, the Palisades and Westchester. Continue reading
Part II – Advertising From The Century Magazine October 1904 – Companies That Are Extinct
Underwood began production of typewriters in 1895. Up until 1959 when they were acquired by Olivetti, Underwood sold millions of typewriters. They made their last typewriter in the 1980s.
As we continue our look at advertising from the October 1904 issue of The Century Magazine we turn our gaze to the ads of companies that are no longer in business. Some names will be familiar to you, many others will not. Continue reading