Yankee Stadium, 1938

Yankee Stadium, 1938

Fans prepare to enter Yankee Stadium for a game with mounted police on hand for crowd control.  At the time of this game, in 1938, the Yankees were in the midst of four season World Championship streak.  Babe Ruth had recently retired, but Lou Gehrig was still in the line-up and Joltin' Joe DiMaggio had come on board two seasons prior -- coincidentally at the beginning of the streak.

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Zookeeper and Chimps, c. 1910

Zookeeper and Chimps, c. 1910
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Shadows on the Avenue, c. 1930

Shadows on the Avenue, c. 1930

People walk along Fifth Avenue, casting long shadows, in the low sun of a winter's day, c. 1930.  Those who know contemporary New York will be surprised to see Fifth Avenue as a two way street.  Since 1966, Fifth Avenue below 135th Street has been southbound only.  Aside from the style of dress, however, pedestrian traffic along the avenue remains largely unchanged.

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Ironworker Rides the Chains, 1912

Ironworker Rides the Chains, 1912

An ironworker, erecting a skyscraper, rides the chains, 800 feet above Broadway, 1912.

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Pennsylvania Station, c. 1930

Pennsylvania Station, c. 1930

View of the ticket concourse in Pennsylvania Station, circa 1930.  Light beams shine down from the massive windows above onto silhouetted passengers.  At the time of this photo, Penn Station was still in it's youth.  Unfortunately, its existence was too brief.  This structure was demolished in 1963.

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Children and Toy Horse on Ellis Island, 1920

Children and Toy Horse on Ellis Island, 1920

Immigrant child rides a toy horse on Ellis Island, while other children look on, 1920.

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The Ritter Painless Dental Company, 1905

Ritter the Painless Dentist, 1905

View of the Ritter Dental building at Third Avenue and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, 1905.  The Ritter Painless Dental Company specialized in cut-rate dental care.  The "It Didn't Hurt A Bit" Kid on the billboard outside was an early pre-cursor to Alfred E. Neuman, the face of MAD Magazine.  And for those whose literary tastes are a bit more serious, take a look on the right past the Dental Building to the optometrist's office across the street.  Anyone reminded of The Great Gatsby?

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Bombers Over Manhattan, 1940

Bombers Over Manhattan, 1940

View of northeast of the Lower Manhattan Skyline in 1940 as B-17 Bombers fly over the city.  Developed by Boeing in the late 1930s, the B-17 Flying Fortress was a strategic weapon for the Allies in World War II.  A high-flying four-engine heavy bomber, the B-17 dropped more bombs than any other U.S. aircraft during World War II.  Over 12,000 were manufactured before production ceased in 1945.  The Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges can be seen in the background along with some Lower Manhattan skyscrapers.

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East 42nd Street and Second Avenue, 1915

East 42nd Street and Second Avenue, 1915

View east toward entrance to the Second Avenue El.  Note the Tammany Hall poster above the entrance to the stairway, which places the date of this photo around October.  The platform for this elevated train station can be seen in this 1902 photo.

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Woman Dentist, 1909

Woman Dentist, 1909

The pioneer woman dentist, Dr. Rankin, gets ready to perform an extraction.  The patient looks relaxed, but there's no sign of anesthesia.  If he's lucky, she's given him a shot of novocaine, which had recently been invented.  If not, she might have injected him with cocaine, which had been in use as a local anesthetic since the 1880s.

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