Vintage New York City Photograph Shows a Desolate Times Square Circa 1908

Times Square, New York, N.Y. 1908
Times Square, New York, N.Y. 1908

One Times Square, the famous building on the south end of Manhattan's Times Square built, was once the home of The New York Times. It was completed in 1904 and the Times stayed there for just 10 years before moving out.

Over the next century, the building would become a home to a speakeasy, a shooting range, and offices. But ever since the massive billboards went up, the building has remained empty.

In this vintage photo from 1908, see the building in its original state, before 90% of it was plastered with advertisements. Here is a Google Street View of how the same angle looks today.

For more on this photo, including larger scans and prints, check out its specimen page in the Library of Congress archives.

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