Amazing Photos of New York in the 1930s by Samuel Gottscho – Design You Trust

Amazing Photos of New York in the 1930s by Samuel Gottscho

Midtown Manhattan, New York City, December 15, 1931
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Samuel Herman Gottscho (1875–1971) was an American architectural, landscape, and nature photographer. He was born in Brooklyn in New York City. He acquired his first camera in 1896 and took his first photograph at Coney Island. From 1896 to 1920 he photographed part-time, specializing in houses and gardens, as he particularly enjoyed nature, rural life, and landscapes.

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Midtown Manhattan view from McGraw-Hill Building, New York City, October 9, 1931
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After attending several architectural photograph exhibitions, Gottscho decided to perfect and improve his own work and sought out several architects and landscape architects. After twenty-three years as a traveling lace and fabric salesman, Gottscho became a professional commercial photographer at the age of 50.

Below Manhattan Bridge, New York City, 1930
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During this time his photographs appeared in and on the covers of American Architect and Architecture, Architectural Record. His portraits and architectural photography regularly appeared in articles in the New York Times. His photographs of private homes in the New York and Connecticut suburbs often appeared in home decoration magazines. From the early 1940s to the late 1960s, he was a regular contributor to the Times of illustrated articles on wildflowers.

Midtown skyline from Central Park at 85th Street, New York City, April 16, 1931
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Gottscho believed he created some of his best work at the age of 70. In 1967, his botanical work won him the New York Botanical Garden’s Distinguished Service Medal. He died in Jamaica, Queens, New York.

River House, 52nd St. and E. River, New York City. Shore line with clouds, December 1931
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Approximately 29,000 of his images are held in the Gottscho-Schleisner collection at the United States Library of Congress. Additionally, over 40,000 are held by the Museum of the City of New York, where an exhibition of his work titled “The Mythic City: Photographs of New York by Samuel H. Gottscho, 1925-1940,” opened in November 2005. A third major archive of his work is held by Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library at Columbia University.

River House, 52nd St. and E. River, New York City. View of power house, December 1931
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River House, 52nd Street and East River, looking south from 27th floor, New York, December 15, 1931
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The opening day of the Empire State Building, New York City, 1931
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View from the parapet on the 27th floor of the River House at 52nd St. and E. River, New York City, December 1931
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International Music Hall, Radio City, New York City. House with curtain down, from main orchestra, December 7, 1932
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Lower Manhattan from foot of Brooklyn Bridge, New York City, April 4, 1932
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Times Square at dusk, looking south from 47th Street, New York City, January 6, 1932
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Times Square from above, New York City, February 16, 1932
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View from Empire State Building to Chrysler Building, and Queensboro Bridge, New York City, low viewpoint, January 1932
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Central Park, New York City, 1933
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Financial district from Hotel Bossert, New York City, March 15, 1933
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Fishing boat at Fulton Market Pier, New York City, April 11, 1933
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General view of New York Hospital and Queens from Madison Avenue, January 1933
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Looking down South Street in New York City, November 1933
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Looking north from the Empire State Building, New York City, September 11, 1933
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Midtown Manhattan skyline, night view from RCA Building, New York City, circa 1933
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Night view of New York City from St. George Hotel to financial district, January 6, 1933
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RCA Building, Rockefeller Center, New York City, Septembre 1933
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Rockefeller Center and the RCA Building from 515 Madison Avenue, New York City, December 5, 1933
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View from St. George Hotel, New York City, 1933
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View of plaza buildings, over park lake, New York City, January 1933
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Brooklyn docks, view of Manhattan, New York City, 1934
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Midtown Manhattan, New York at night, circa 1934
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Steuben Glass, business at 718 5th Ave., New York City. Exterior, general view, September 1937
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Rockefeller Center, from the south, New York, 1938
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315 Seventh Avenue, New York City. (William Hohauser’s 1920s skyscraper), October 8, 1939
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Midtown Manhattan and Empire State building at dusk, New York City, circa 1930s
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