New York as Never Seen Before in Vintage Animated Images

By Ingrid Longauerová, Epoch Times
February 3, 2016 3:42 pm Last Updated: June 4, 2017 1:30 pm

At the turn of the 20th century, long before virtual reality and 3D action movies, there was an obscure device not very different from today’s sunglasses, that people used to transport themselves to another reality. 

The stereoscope, as it was named in 1838, would show two images taken from a slightly different angle. Viewed by left and right eye separately, the combined photo gave the impression of 3D depth, as you would see it in reality.

Well, it doesn’t sound so breathtaking now, at the time of black and white portraits, it spurred huge interest.

Manhattan was one of many subjects photographed by this “latest” invention, leaving for us a unique memory of what the city used to look like.

Recently published photographs by New York Public Library, take us to the moving Manhattan, that was as alive and pulsing, as the city is today.

GIF made with the NYPL Labs Stereogranimator - view more at http://stereo.nypl.org/gallery/index
China Town in 1925 (NYPL)

 

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Manhattan Island, N.Y., as seen from an Airplane. in ca. 1890. (NYPL)

 

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Washington Park in 1925. (NYPL)

 

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Busy Fifth Av. (NYPL)

 

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New York City Public Library in ca. 1911. (NYPL)

 

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Wall Street street scene with the Trinity Church in background in ca. 1890. (NYPL)

 

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Aerial view of the Castle Garden, today known as Battery Park, in the years between 1865-1910. (NYPL)

 

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Flatiron building with a view on that time empty Madison Park in 1925. (NYPL)

 

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Syndicate and St. Paul Buildings, that time the highest office buildings in the World, in 1920. (NYPL)

 

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Photographing New York City on a slender support 18 stories above pavement of Fifth Avenue in 1906. (NYPL)