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Lower Manhattan with the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City

Lower Manhattan with the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City

The Lower Manhattan skyline with the Brooklyn Bridge in the late 19th or early 20th century. 960 1280

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Brooklyn Bridge in New York City

Brooklyn Bridge in New York City

Present-day Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge, viewed from across the East River. 960 1280

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Quiet South Street in Manhattan

Quiet South Street in Manhattan

A view of Manhattan down South Street in the 1930s. 960 1280

  

South Street in Busy Manhattan

South Street in Busy Manhattan

Today, Manhattan’s South Street is a busy thoroughfare thanks to the South Street Seaport's restaurants, farmers market and local boutiques. 960 1280

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A busy Columbus Circle in 1921

A busy Columbus Circle in 1921

Even in 1921, Manhattan's Columbus Circle was a busy section of New York City for pedestrians and motorists. 960 1280

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Columbus Circle in New York City

Columbus Circle in New York City

Present-day Columbus Circle, with Central Park West to the east and Broadway to the north. Popular destinations in the area include the Shops at Columbus Circle, the Mandarin Oriental New York and, of course, Central Park. 960 1280

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View from the Empire State Building in New York City in the 1930s

View from the Empire State Building in New York City in the 1930s

Looking north from the top of the Empire State Building. Construction on the 103-story building began March 17, 1930, and its opening day was May 1, 1931. 960 1280

  

View from the Empire State Building in New York City

View from the Empire State Building in New York City

Travelers from around the world visit the Empire State Building, making the 103-story trip up to the observation deck. Visit esbnyc.com for tickets and tour hours. 960 1280

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Woolworth Building in New York City's Manhattan in the 1910s

Woolworth Building in New York City's Manhattan in the 1910s

When it was completed in 1913, the Woolworth Building was officially the tallest in the world. It lost that title with the 1930 construction of 40 Wall Street and the Chrysler Building. 960 1280

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Manhattan, New York City's Woolworth Building

Manhattan, New York City's Woolworth Building

Visitors to New York City can make reservations to tour the historical lobby of the Woolworth Building. The 60- and 90-minute guided tours are led by architectural historians. The lobby is decorated with beautiful marble and terra-cotta-colored walls inside and out. 960 1280

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Alcatraz Circa 1890

Alcatraz Circa 1890

San Francisco in 1890. Off in the distance is the small island of Alcatraz in the San Francisco Bay.  960 1280

Henry Guttmann  

Alcatraz Present Day

Alcatraz Present Day

Present day Alcatraz seen from San Francisco. 960 1280

  

Tramlines Circa 1880

Tramlines Circa 1880

Tramlines on California Street from Sansome Street in San Francisco, circa 1880 960 1280

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Tramlines Present Day

Tramlines Present Day

Present day. California Street is one of the longest streets in San Francisco, stretching 5 miles and featuring important landmarks along the way, including the Huntington Hotel, the Fairmont Hotel (at Mason Street and California Street), the Merchants Exchange Building and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.  960 1280

  

Cliff House Circa 1900

Cliff House Circa 1900

San Francisco’s Cliff House, pictured circa 1900, was fashioned after a French chateau and boasted 8 stories, 4 spires and an observation tower 200 feet above sea level. It served as an elegant site for dining, dancing and entertainment until it burned down in 1907.  960 1280

  

Cliff House Present Day

Cliff House Present Day

Today, if you drive along Point Lobos Avenue toward the coast, you’ll find the rebuilt Cliff House which serves as a fun place for friends and family. Enjoy fine dining at Sutro’s or a casual brunch at the Bistro.  960 1280

  

Russian Hill Circa 1866

Russian Hill Circa 1866

Russian Hill, San Francisco, in 1866, overlooking Vallejo Street.  960 1280

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Russian Hill Present day

Russian Hill Present day

Present-day Russian Hill, overlooking Vallejo Street.  960 1280

  

Fontana della Barcaccia Then

Fontana della Barcaccia Then

Seen with the Piazza di Spagna, the Fontana della Barcaccia and the Spanish Steps in the foreground, the Trinita dei Monti in Rome is a religious landmark. 960 1280

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Fontana della Barcaccia Now

Fontana della Barcaccia Now

Today, the church, steps and plaza are just as beautiful and among the city’s biggest tourist attractions (even though it doesn’t look like it in this photo!).  960 1280

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Piazza di Montecitorio Then

Piazza di Montecitorio Then

The Piazza di Montecitorio in the later part of the 1800s. 960 1280

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Piazza di Montecitorio Now

Piazza di Montecitorio Now

Today, the Piazza di Montecitorio looks as though it hasn’t changed much in 100 years, except for a fresh coat of paint on the buildings. 960 1280

  

Piazza della Minerva Then

Piazza della Minerva Then

The Piazza della Minerva, shown here in the late 1890s, is near the Pantheon in Rome.  960 1280

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Piazza della Minerva Now

Piazza della Minerva Now

The present-day Piazza della Minerva. 960 1280

  

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