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New York City 1940's Street a View Old City Tax Photos #usa #general #announcements #photographs


Jan Meisels Allen
 

 

 

 

A website maps depression-era tax photographs of every building in New York City-making it easier to navigate hundreds of thousands of snapshots of buildings from the 1940s. The photos were taken between 1939-1951 by the City Tax Department and the New Deal- era Works Progress Administration. This historic page may be found at https://1940s.nyc/map#13.69/40.7093/-73.99397

 

In 2018, the NYC Department of  Records and Information Services digitized 700,000 of the functional black and white photos in 35 mm film, but the website was difficult to navigate according to the person who created this website.

 

Those who would like to purchase a high quality print or digital copies can from the NYC Department of  Records and Information Services can do so at: https://www1.nyc.gov/doittshoppingcart/photoform.htm.

 

“The 1940s New York City images stem from the initiative which sent photographers around the Five Boroughs to photograph every single building, which officials hoped would improve property tax assessments. The photos exhibit a city at the tail-end of the Great Depression, before the great urban renewal programs and the dawn of the automobile era that would come to reshape the urban landscape.”  See: https://www.brooklynpaper.com/1940s-new-york-city-picures-history/ for more information.

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 


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Subj:  New York City 1940's Street a View Old City Tax Photos

These images are a wonderful resource for seeing the buildings where our ancestors lived. On that same site, there are also tax photos taken in color in the 1970s and 1980. But there are fewer images in this collection and most do not have exact street addresses unlike the 1940s images.  In the 1970s and '80s NYC was in financial difficulty and this is reflected in these images. There are many burned out structures and vacant lots where building once stood.  The scene looks like London after the Blitz. 

Jeffrey Gee
Arizona 


Sheldon Clare
 

Please send me the photos.  I was born and brought up in NYC. Thank you.

Sheldon Clare

clare15905@...


Jan Meisels Allen
 

Sheldon,

You asked people to download photos for you. This is not something anyone can download  for you.
You have to order the photos or view those on the site. As my posting stated, there are hundreds of  thousands of photos. You have to go the website   https://1940s.nyc/map#13.69/40.7093/-73.99397 
or if you want to order and pay for specific photos then you need to fill out the form at: https://www1.nyc.gov/doittshoppingcart/photoform.htm

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



Sheldon Clare
 

Thank you Jan! I saw my street, Seabury Place in The Bronx.
 
Sheldon Clare

On Fri, Aug 28, 2020 at 6:42 PM Jan Meisels Allen <janmallen@...> wrote:
Sheldon,
 
You asked people to download photos for you. This is not something anyone can download  for you.
You have to order the photos or view those on the site. As my posting stated, there are hundreds of  thousands of photos. You have to go the website   https://1940s.nyc/map#13.69/40.7093/-73.99397 
or if you want to order and pay for specific photos then you need to fill out the form at: https://www1.nyc.gov/doittshoppingcart/photoform.htm
 
Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee