Wednesday, April 25, 2012


The City of New York recently put over 800,000 historic documents and photographs on line.  The site immediately crashed due to the load of visitors, but you can get a preview of the offerings from the Madrid newspaper, El Pais.  A larger selection of images is available on the Atlantic In Focus page.

Most of the photographers were city employees; one of the best was Eugene de Salignac who documented the city, including the building of the great bridges, from 1904 to 1934.

I was able to access the NYC image collection on May 1st.  It took a while to load the opening page, but the site then seemed perfectly responsive.  A search with the term "Salignac" turns up over seven hundred of his photos.

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