Group of Twenty-Four Photographs; Survey Prints made for the Construction of the Express Track on the Second Avenue Elevated Line
New York: 1914. Nineteen original gelatin silver prints, approx * X 10 in. with five study prints taken from other sources. Studio stamps and identifying annotations on versos, some edge chipping and slight wear to a few prints, one torn into two and re-attached with tape, and one corner missing. Item #206397
An excellent series of prints showing much of the elevated line from 57th to 96th Street. The photos were made by the New York Photo Company (photographer: Jurgensen) as a part of a construction survey in preparation for the addition of a third track to provide express service to the line. The pictures offer a nice glimpse of street life in what was still a developing part of the city. The last five images were not shot from street scenes, but from historical sources pertaining to other locations. The Second Avenue El was demolished in 1942 and no subway service was available the that area of the east side until well into the 21st century.