Vintage Aerial Photograph of Midtown Skyscrapers and Times Square Circa 1920

1920s skyscrapers towering over Times Square
1920s skyscrapers towering over Times Square

Ephemeral New York is a site that seeks to chronicle "an ever-changing city through faded and forgotten artifacts."

In a recent post, the site shows a vintage postcard showing a colorized aerial photograph of the "tall" skyscrapers in Midtown around 1920's Times Square.

With so many skyscrapers in the city topping out with more than 70, 80, even 100 floors, the tall buildings shown in this photo of Times Square look pretty puny. But they impressed New Yorkers at the time, and the caption on the back of the card boasts about them. “This aerial photograph of the Times Square section of New York shows many of the skyscraper office buildings located in the heart of New York,” it reads.

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