"QUANTUM SHOT" #48(rev)
Link - by Avi Abrams

      Marvel Age: The City of Superheroes

      Skyscrapers looked more imposing, somehow, in the black-and-white
      photographs from a bygone era. Maybe it's the absence of the reflective
      glass facades with their false sky intervals and over-abundance of bland
      stone walls... Or maybe it's the (barely visible) spiderwebs spread
      between the towers by the energetic Peter Parker? Perhaps it's glamorous
      ladies entering a glitzy club, or the aromas emanating from a genuine
      Jewish Deli?.. Either way, New York of 1920s-1960s period is a very
      special place indeed:





      (photos by Andreas Feininger and others,

      If you want to see how it all started, click to enlarge this N.Y. skyline
      from 1908 on
      Shorpy site:

      (image via Shorpy)

      (1932 skyline, click to enlarge on


      (1931 Gotham City skyline, click to enlarge on
        photo by Samuel Gottscho)

      Thanks to the wonderful
      Lileks site,
      many old postcards have been preserved and proudly displayed with
      fascinating history attached. One thing to notice, is that the wonderful
      structures of that era seem to benefit from the open and uncluttered urban
      landscape of the time (less build-up, more parking lots, more empty
      space), easily commanding the attention they justly deserve.

      The Lincoln Building

      500 - Fifth Avenue

      Rockefeller Center

      (images credit:

        via, click
        to enlarge)

      (for larger versions visit Shorpy - click

      Good old traffic on Fifth Avenue, 1913 (fragment):

      (image via,
        click to enlarge)

      (images credit:

      The Building that stood before the World Trade Center:

      Hudson Terminal Building covered two full square blocks and was
      every bit as massive as the World Trade Center towers built on the same
      space later. It was truly one of the largest office building in the
      world... Looks very imposing, almost on the verge of being oppressive:


      Here it is again, with the surroundings:

      (image via, click to
        enlarge - also see

      100-year old skyscrapers: "still standing, and taller than anything in
      most towns":

      Addams Express Building, 1914

      This medium-sized (!) hotel "Edison" would've been perfect setting for
      Spiderman's climbing exercises:

      (images courtesy: Lileks.com)

      Now add some color!

      Found through
      Skyscraper City
      display of the vintage color photographs of American cities, the
      Charles W. Cushman Collection
      shows New York in 1941 and 1960 - and it looks great, even with its gaudy
      "pulp-ish" color scheme. It is also fascinating to compare the skylines of
      yesteryear with modern "commercial jungle" landscape:

      (all photos via
        Charles W. Cushman Collection)

      New York's Magic Today

      Bright & often glamorous:

      (images credit:
        Nicola Praderio)

      (originals unknown)



Visual Caffeine #8
Visual Caffeine, Issue 8

A thrilling blend of art, myths and technology

Visual Caffeine #7
Visual Caffeine, Issue 7

A thrilling blend of art, myths and technology

Art Deco
Imperial Dreams: Art Deco Update

Wings, Gears, & Glamorous Ladies

1970s SciFi
DRB Pics-of-the-Day

Grand Space Adventure 1970s Art

"Dark Roasted Blend" - All Kinds of Weird and Wonderful Things, Discovered Daily!"

DRB is a top-ranked and respected source for the best in art, travel and fascinating technology, with a highly visual presentation. Our in-depth articles in many categories make DRB a highly visual online magazine, bringing you quality entertainment every time you open your "feed" reader or visit our site - About DRB

Connect with us and become part of DRB on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Google Plus; make sure to subscribe to our updates.



Blogger Max Shelby said...

Love this series!

Blogger Skipweasel said...

The picture of Fifth Avenue, 1913...can you imagine how bad the petrol fumes would have been?

Anonymous Tom said...

Brilliant article Avi and love those pics! New York is one awesome city!

Blogger Francesca said...

The blimp picture collage includes a blimp with the Nazi swastika on it...surely that's not in New York?

Anonymous Anonymous said...

kopapaka / www.palba.cz
quote: "Blogger Francesca said...
The blimp picture collage includes a blimp with the Nazi swastika on it...surely that's not in New York?"

Anonymous Fred said...

About the Blimp with a Nazi Swastika. The Hindenburg was a German airship after all. The Nazis were in power for several years before the war started and regular trade did take place so it's not too surprising to see a Swastika on a blimp.

Blogger Michele Hush said...

The Hotel Edison is still standing and seems to have been spiffed up in recent years. Also, a few of the black & white photos are by Samuel Gottscho. The Museum of the City of New York has many more in its digital collection. I just showcased a bunch of them on my blog - http://bit.ly/eqt5fk

Blogger Avi Abrams said...

Thank you Michele, credit adjusted, great info

Anonymous Darkhoodness said...

The ship in the 5th photo down is the "SS American Star" that was wrecked in the Canary Islands during the 1990s.



Post a Comment

<< Home

Don't miss: The Ultimate Guide to NEW SF&F Writers!
Fiction Reviews: Classic Cyberpunk: Extreme Fiction
Short Fiction Reviews: Lovecraft's "At the Mountains of Madness" (with pics)
New Fiction Reviews: The Surreal Office


Abandoned, Dieselpunk
DRB Pic-of-the-Day

Abandoned: Streamlined Three-wheeler

Visual Caffeine #6
Visual Caffeine, Issue 6

A thrilling blend of art, myths and technology

Visual Caffeine #5
Visual Caffeine, Issue 5

A thrilling blend of art, myths and technology

Hellish Weather on Other Planets

Wild, Untamed, and Uncut

Medieval Suits of Armor

Metal Body Suits vs. Weapons of Medieval Destruction

World's Strangest Theme Parks

Amusement to the (twisted) extremes!

Enchanting Victorian Fairy Tale Art

"Then world behind and home ahead..."

Adorable Pedal Cars

Collectable Pedal Vehicles Showcase

Japanese Arcades: Gundam Pods & Other Guilty Pleasures

These machines have gone up to the next level

Modernist Tallinn Architecture

Delicious blend of old and new!

Early Supercomputers: A Visual Overview

"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons"

Futuristic Concept Cars of the 1970-80s

French, Italian & Japanese rare beauties

Epic 1970s French Space Comic Art

DRB Time-Slice: Valérian and Laureline

The Trees Are Escaping! The Abandoned Prison in French Guiana

"Great Escape" from the Devil's Island

(with previews, fast loading):


Link Lattes

Feel-Good & Biscotti Issues

Feel-Good! | airplanes | animals | architecture | art | auto | boats | books | cool ads | funny pics | famous | futurism | food
gadgets | health | history | humour | japan | internet | link latte | military | music | nature | photo | russia | steampunk
sci-fi & fantasy | signs | space | sports | technology | trains | travel | vintage | weird | abandoned