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The Polo Grounds, 1950

The Polo Grounds, 1950
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The Empire State Building Under Construction, 1930

The Empire State Building Under Construction, 1930

At the time of this photo, the Empire State Building was just surpassing the Chrysler Building as the tallest in the world. Completed in 1931, the Empire State Building was for forty years the pinnacle of skyscraper architecture. The portion that is still being constructed in this photo is not the familiar antenna that we know today, but what was intended to be a mooring mast and dock for airships. The first few attempts proved the impracticality of this idea. Imagine being a passenger disembarking across a gangplank 102 stories above Fifth Avenue.

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Central Park near East 62nd Street and Fifth Avenue, 1940

Central Park near East 62nd Street and Fifth Avenue, 1940

It's a beautiful summer day in 1940, and from where you stand in Central Park, you can see two of the most luxurious hotels in the world, the Sherry Netherland and the Plaza. The Plaza is perhaps the better known of the two, but sadly will eventually become a luxurious residence. The Sherry Netherland, however, will remain the pinnacle of New York City luxury for some time to come.

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The Polo Ground During the 1905 World Series

The Polo Ground During the 1905 World Series

This panoramic photo of the Polo Grounds shows one of the three games played here between the Philadelphia Athletics and the New York Giants during the 1905 World Series. It's standing room only for this game, with fans filling the bleachers and lining up along the perimeter of the outfield.  Coogan's Bluff looms in the background complete with ads for Washington Heights Livery Stables and Bloomingdales painted on the side of a building.

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Duke Snider at Bat During the 1956 World Series

Duke Snider at Bat During the 1956 World Series

Center Fielder Duke Snider steps up to the plate for the Brooklyn Dodgers, while Jackie Robinson waits on deck. An NBC camera broadcasts the event from a few rows away. The Dodgers hosted the Yankees here at Ebbets Field for the first and last two games of the seven game series. This would be the last World Series ever played in Brooklyn.

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Ebbets Field During the 1956 World Series

Ebbets Field During the 1956 World Series

It's the first game of the 1956 World Series, and the defending World Champions, the Brooklyn Dodgers, are hosting their rivals the New York Yankees at Ebbets Field. Whitey Ford is on the mound, Yogi Berra is behind the plate, and a Dodger batter is on his way towards first.

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Hats at a World War I Liberty Rally in Times Square, 1918

Hats at a World War I Liberty Rally in Columbus Circle, 1918

There was a time when everybody wore a hat. Here a crowd of thousands, mostly men, stand in Times Square during a WWI Liberty Rally.  There's not a bare head amongst them. If you look carefully, you can see a couple of women's hats.

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Girls on the Parachute Jump, 1955

Girls on the Parachute Jump, 1955

Two young women hang suspended above Steeplechase Park in Coney Island, Brooklyn.  The beach and boardwalk below them are crowded with men and women strolling or sunbathing.  The Parachute Jump, originally built for the 1939 World's Fair, is an icon of Coney Island.  Although it ceased operating in 1968, the structure is in the United States Register of Historic Places, and still stands today.

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