Bygone Americana

With the Empire State Building below, Pan Am’s Clipper, the world’s largest and fastest commercial airliner, takes a preview flight over Manhattan, 1949.

With the Empire State Building below, Pan Am’s Clipper, the world’s largest and fastest commercial airliner, takes a preview flight over Manhattan, 1949.

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Opening day of the Empire State Building. New York, 1931.
By Samuel H. Gottscho

Opening day of the Empire State Building. New York, 1931.

By Samuel H. Gottscho

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The American airship ZR-3 Los Angeles flying near the Empire State Building under construction. New York, 1930.

The American airship ZR-3 Los Angeles flying near the Empire State Building under construction. New York, 1930.

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Acrobats perform a delicate balancing act on a ledge of the Empire State Building in New York City, 1934.

Acrobats perform a delicate balancing act on a ledge of the Empire State Building in New York City, 1934.

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Empire State Building, New York, 1955.
By Elliott Erwitt

Empire State Building, New York, 1955.

By Elliott Erwitt

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New York dimout during wartime to conserve city’s energy costs, 1943.
By Andreas Feininger

New York dimout during wartime to conserve city’s energy costs, 1943.

By Andreas Feininger

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Workers on Empire State Building, 1931.
By Lewis W. Hine

Workers on Empire State Building, 1931.

By Lewis W. Hine

(Source: digitalgallery.nypl.org)