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Fri Dec 28, 2018, 09:55 AM

Every Building on Every Block: A Time Capsule of 1930s New York

In the late 1930s and early 1940s, New York City sent photographers to every building in every borough in an attempt to make property tax assessments fairer and more accurate.

The result was more than 700,000 black-and-white snapshots of everything from fashionable apartment buildings in Manhattan to this out-of-the-way diner on Staten Island.

The city recently had the images digitized.

(may be behind a pay wall)


https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/12/28/nyregion/nyc-property-tax-photos.html

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HAB911 Dec 2018 OP
Ohiogal Dec 2018 #1
Freddie Dec 2018 #2
Happyhippychick Dec 2018 #3
Arkansas Granny Dec 2018 #4
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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2018, 10:09 AM

1. Fascinating

Will bookmark to read later

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2018, 10:17 AM

2. Fascinating

Thanks for posting.

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2018, 10:20 AM

3. LOVE

Thank you!

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2018, 10:36 AM

4. Thanks for the link. I'll bookmark this one.

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2018, 10:44 AM

5. Very cool

Thank you

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2018, 11:52 AM

6. That is amazing...

But I thought the shots ruined with text in many of the pics.

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2018, 12:02 PM

7. Thanks.

Looking for Dad's office!

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2018, 03:27 PM

8. "The city recently had the images digitized"

Combining Google Street View and the Way-back Machine.

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