The New York Public Library has a vast array of collections, now made digital. The categories range from NY World’s Fair 1939-40; photos of the city 1931-1942; atlases of NYC; street views of New York; a collection of the front of doors in the city; NY World’s Fair of 1964; construction of the subway; art photos from the NY Museum; the East River; and Staten Island, to name just a few. Some 26 categories total to view.
After the title of each category is the number of images in each. Double click to call up a category. If you find one of interest click on that thumbnail image to enlarge it. Also, any additional details about the image will be written below it – scroll down all the way.
>You can right click on the image to save it to your computer.
Use the search box in the upper right to look for any keyword or even a surname. Since many of the photos or illustrations are credited to an individual, you might one something done by an ancestor. This includes handwritten documents or letters that have been preserved. Not all photos and document are directly related to New York. Some letters written in the 1780s came from Pennsylvania.
So see if there is something to discovery in this large collection at the NY Public Library.
Photos: A NYC tenement with two beds in the living room and a fireplace about 1907; Gramercy Park, houses nos. 3-5, Manhattan in 1935; Queens: 11th Street – 50th Avenue scene in 1940s; and NY World’s Fair 1939 pin.
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