Saturday, October 11, 2014
I happened to have a few scans of New York City ready to go, so let's spend today's "Anything Goes Saturday" over there.
This first slide is undated, but certainly from the mid-1950's. This is a wonderful view of LaGuardia airport! Who knows what those airplanes are (there appears to be at least two different types)? Jet travel for the masses was not a thing yet. The various parked vehicles add color and fun to the scene. In the distance you can the see arched span of Hell Gate Bridge, which Wikipedia says was the inspiration for the famous (and 60 % larger) Sydney Harbor Bridge in Australia. See what you learn at GDB?
This one is kind of dark, but is still a neat look at the vast interior of Grand Central Station from August 1956 (thanks for the correction, Nanook!). One feature that stands out is the backlit large color transparency on the east balcony, one of Kodak's famous "Colorama" prints. These were 18 feet high and 60 feet long, and were billed as "The World's Largest Photographs". Another neat feature is the very cool display in the lower right, for Oldsmobile's "Rocket 88" automobiles.
This one is undated (probably 1950's), but is an interesting study in contrasts. I believe that this was taken from the Jersey side of the Hudson River. In the foreground, a dirt lot and heaps of rubbish, along with a bunch of autos (all of them black?). Perhaps this was near a ferry landing. Across the river is fabulous Manhattan, with the Kong-less Empire State Building towering above everything else. Imagine how this view looked at night!
I hope you have enjoyed your trip to New York City!