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8 images of NYC in the early 1900s

By: Shea Gunther on Feb. 22, 2012, 8:06 a.m.
New Yorkers walking on Brooklyn Bridge

Photo: Detroit Publishing Company/flickr

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20th century NYC

New York City is home to more than 8 million people and is the most densely populated city in the United States. It was founded in the 1600s by Dutch colonists and served as the U.S. capital for five years in the 1780s. The city was the first place millions of immigrants landed in the 1800s and 1900s and is home to some of the world’s most famous landmarks like the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and Times Square — not to mention world-class universities, museums and theaters.

It's also probably one of the most photographed cities in the world. The city is a hub for the creative class and artists from Henri Cartier-Bresson to David LaChapelle have made their way there. We dug way back in the Internet archives to find these wonderful photos of New York City from the early 1900s. You'll notice that some are in color; these are Photochrom prints, reproduced color prints made from black-and-white negatives. (Text: Shea Gunther)