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A Record of the People

For visitor and native alike, New York’s unstoppable energy radiates from its people.  Freed from the confines of cars, they pour through the streets to see and be seen.  Crowds pictured in the postcards suggest the never-ending dance on the pavements at the century’s cusp.  Their postures and clothes capture a taste of the time that can feed the imaginations of novelists, historians, costume designers, filmmakers, and family chroniclers trailing the stories of their forefathers and foremothers.

Seeing New York Ain't She Stylish!
Digital ID: 836733
Promenade in Central Park.
Digital ID: 836335

Black bear cubs New York Zoological Park.
Digital ID: 836213

Central Park, showing Plaza Hotel, New York City.
Digital ID: 836307

Riverside Park and Drive, New York.
Digital ID: 836735