Central Park

New York’s Central Park, built by legendary landscape designer and writer Frederick Law Olmsted and the English architect Calvert Vaux in 1858 after winning a design competition is a recognized national historical landmark (since 1963) with a rich history. The most visited urban park in the United States with a whopping twenty-five million visitors a year, Central Park is considered by present-day New Yorkers to be a magical oasis in the midst of urban sprawl. The H.A. Dunne collection of vintage Central Park images dates back to as far as 1890, and captures New Yorkers of yesteryear at play in New York’s most famous playground. We are adding new images from our vast collection every day. To see more vintage images of Central Park, or to source a particular image, call us at: 888-250-8956.

Central Park and East 79th Street Transverse, 1917

Central Park and East 79th Street Transverse, 1917

A double-decker crosstown bus pauses in the underpass of the 72nd Street Transverse.  Two passengers can be seen enjoying the weather on the top deck, while the driver sits in his shaded open-air seat.  The Fifth Avenue Coach Company, which operated this bus, was a pioneer in motorbus transit, developing and building its own fleet of buses.

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Blimps over Central Park, 1931

Blimps over Central Park, 1931

An aerial view of Central Park, looking north from about East 72nd Street.  A pair of dirigibles hover above the park.  Below, towards the right, the Metropolitan Museum of Art can be clearly seen.  Also, you can see that the Lower Croton Reservoir is being filled in to make space for the Great Lawn.  Among other material, stones from the building of Rockefeller Center are being used to fill in the obsolete 33-acre receiving reservoir, which held 180 million gallons of water piped in from the Croton River in Westchester.

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