One of the crown jewels of Manhattan, the grand dame of New York City, is turning 100. We are talking, of course, about Grand Central Terminal. A century ago, on February 2, 1913 – after a decade of construction – the building that would revolutionize commuter train travel opened its doors.

There isn’t anything to say that hasn’t been said before about the building’s grandiose and tumultuous history. So, we offer something else to commemorate one of the most amazing buildings in the city: a 360 look at Grand Central. Part of a larger project photographing iconic landmarks in glorious 360 degrees, we teamed up with Shots 360 and photographer Thomas Erh, the man behind the lens of interactive 360ยบ panoramic photography, to document some of our favorite Old New York places.


Enjoy!

2.08.2011

Historical Postcards of New York City




Admit it! In a drawer somewhere you have a stack of forgotten postcards. They are ubiquitous in the more touristy areas of New York, and I think it’s safe to say that we have all been guilty, at one point or another, of being a post card enabler.


Poking around the interwebs recently we came across this cool postcard archive from the New York Public Library. They have just added 500 postcards dating from the 1890s to the 1920 to their digital online collection.

And as today, postcards leave little space for any meaningful correspondence, in a sort of precursor to the abbreviated message of a tweet or a text - although way classier.




From the NYPL site,describing the hippo postcard above: "A new dimension to these latest postcards in the Digital Gallery is that both the front and the back of the postcards have been digitized. This added feature opens windows on typographic style, on the content and creator of the card, and on the perspective of the individual long ago penning greetings to a friend, a family member or a fellow worker. Here, a father instructs his child about the habits of a New York City hippopotamus."



Via NYPL

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