The insane mess of telephone wires over New York in the 1880′s, only a little more than 10 years after the telephone was first patented…
A 1967 award-winning photo called "The Kiss of Life" by Rocco Morabito. Randall Champion brushed a high voltage line during maintenance and over 4000 volts surged through his body, stopping his heart. Fellow lineman J. D. Thompson quickly reached him and performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation until he felt a pulse. He unbuckled Champion's harness and descended with him on his shoulder. On the ground Thompson and another worker administered CPR and ultimately helped parademics to save…
A man on the top!
Historical New York City 1900: Mulberry Street
Assembling the Sears catalog…by hand!, 1942, Chicago. Torkel Korling
“A three second exposure meant that subjects had to stand very still to avoid being blurred, and holding a smile for that period was tricky. As a result, we have a tendency to see our Victorian ancestors as even more formal and stern than they might have been.”
This is one of our favorite WWII photos. Taken in 1945, it shows thousands of troops pulling in to NY Harbor aboard the Queen Elizabeth. If this was 2016, there would be thousands of family members there waiting, but back in 1945, train travel was expensive and arrival ships (and dates) often changed. So after they got off the boat, they'd get a train ticket then go to Western Union to send a "I'm back - see you Tuesday!" telegram.