Monday, November 30, 2009

Flying Machines

Back of the postcard reads: FUTURE NEW YORK will be pre-eminently the city of skyscrapers. The first steel frame structure that was regarded as a skyscraper was the Tower Building at 50 Broadway, a ten story structure 129 feet high.

There are now over a thousand buildings of that height in Manhattan. The best known skyscrapers are the Singer Building, 612 feet high, the Metropolitan Building, 700 feet high; and the Woolworth Tower which towers above them all and rises to a height of 790 feet.

The proposed Pan American Building is to be 801 feet high. (Postcard Copyright Moses King, New York - circa 1915)

Back of the card reads: 1933 Century of Progress - Chicago World's Fair - AEROPLANE VIEW OF NEAR NORTH SIDE - To the left is seen the famous Merchandise Mart, the largest building of its kind in the world.

Other buildings are the Engineering Building, Trustee System Building, Steuben Club, LaSalle-Wacker Building, with the Wrigley Buildings, Medinah Athletic Club and Tribune Tower grounded in the background. (Postcard by C.T. American Art Colored)

At Christmas - Though distance divides - still Friendship abides. (Postcard circa 1910)

3 comments:

Major Pepperidge said...

These combine two of my favorite themes... vintage New York and flying machines.

Viewliner Ltd. said...

Mine too Major. The place is just fascinating. 150 years ago or today, never a dull moment in the NYC.

Cory Gross said...

That top postcard is pretty rad! That flying machine is insane and the city looks like a slightly more Victorian version of Metropolis...