Speaking of Shorpy’s…

I just posted Shorpy.com — one of my favorite vintage photo sites — on my links page and look at that they’ve posted a great shot from old time New York.

New York circa 1908. “Piers along South Street.” Detailed panorama made of three 8×10 glass negatives. Detroit Publishing Company. (Click for full size)

I was down at the South Street Seaport this Summer for a few birthday party’s at the Beekman Beer garden…And last Winter for Santacon (a whole other story).  Despite the skyscrapers just a few blocks away and mobs of tourists (and thousands of Santas) the buildings lining the Seaport maintain an essence of the old world. It’s not difficult to transport back to 1908 with a little imagination.

Visible in shot is the Munson Steamship Line dock, an American steamship company operating freight and passenger service (but not until 1915) between the U.S., Caribbean and South America. And if you look closely, you can see cranes constructing the Manhattan Bridge. The Bridge wouldn’t be completed until 1912, but the towers look well on their way in this shot.

Take a look at some more New York photos from Shorpy.