Vintage Photograph Shows a Crowded Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street in 1903

Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street c. 1903 – Crowded Street On A Cold Sunny Day
Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street c. 1903 – Crowded Street On A Cold Sunny Day
Photo: LOC

Our friends at Stuff Nobody Cares About recently dug up this great vintage photograph from 1903 showing the intersection of 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. The photo was captured from the south-east corner and looks north up Fifth, so the under-construction New York Public Library was just off camera to the left. Here is a Google StreetView of how a similar vantage point looks today.

Check out the accompanying article for an in-depth analysis on the vintage photograph, or the specimen page in the Library of Congress Digital Archives for more.

5th Ave and 42nd St
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