Evolution of the New York Skyline





Prohibition Raid, Detroit, 1929

Alcohol, discovered by Prohibition agents during a raid on an illegal distillery, pours out of upper windows of three-story storefront in Detroit during Prohibition.

Dot Smith, female stunt rider from the 1930s and 40s


She was a member of the San Francisco Motorcycle Club and a founding member of the iconic “Motor Maids” with Dot Robinson and Linda Degeau.In this photograph she’s sitting on her 1937 EL Knucklehead and looking damn near perfect with that little ribbon in her hair.






Robert Frank, Los Angeles, 1956.

“There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment. This kind of photography is realism. But realism is not enough - there has to be vision, and the two together can make a good photograph.”

Flag Pole Wedding, 1946


New York Between Two World Wars


Worker on the framework of the Empire State Building
Photographer: Lewis Hine



Mother Cat Stops Traffic, New York, July 1925


Wash day, 1920s


Nighttime view of the Empire State Building, 1932