Get a glimpse at what NYC homes looked like in the 1940s

The NYC Municipal Archives have added 720,000 newly digitized
photos to its online collection

The city has just made it easier to access a portion of its
historical photos. The New York City Department of Records and
Information has digitized 720,000 photos from its tax photo
collection, all taken around the 1940s, and added them to the NYC
Municipal Archives’s online collection,
reports
Brownstoner.

Between 1939 and 1941, the city tasked a team of photographers
with traveling across the city to document every building. Up until
now, the process to gain access to these historical photos wasn’t
easy: People had to make their way to the Municipal Archives
building on Chambers Street and know the block and lot number of
the building they were interesting in seeing photos of. Then, folks
would have to weed through rolls of microfilm in hopes of finding
just what they were looking for.

The project to digitize the photos was a collaboration between
the New York City Department of Taxation and the Works Progress
Administration. So history buffs, get excited: getting a glimpse at
what the city’s landscaped looked like decades earlier has just
gotten a lot easier.

Check out the archives here.

Source: FS – All – Real Estate News 1
Get a glimpse at what NYC homes looked like in the 1940s