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50 Vintage Photos of American Cities

50 Vintage Photos of American Cities

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Every American city is rich with history, even if it isn't always obvious. Dating from 1910 to 1999, these 50 photos tell a story of American city life in still frames. From New York to the Bay Area, look as generations of people, decades of technology and life unfold on the streets of America’s biggest cities.

1910: Washington, DC

1910: Washington, DC

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Women and children gather outside the exterior of the Capitol building, a place every American should visit in their lifetime.

1912: Indianapolis, Indiana

1912: Indianapolis, Indiana

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Cars race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

1913: Los Angeles, California

1913: Los Angeles, California

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A man parks his automobile at an overlook at Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles.

1913: El Paso, Texas

1913: El Paso, Texas

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Trams travel down San Antonio Street in El Paso, Texas.

1921: New York City, New York

1921: New York City, New York

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The Fuller Building, now known as the Flatiron Building, in New York City. 

1922: Washington, DC

1922: Washington, DC

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Viola LaLonde and Elizabeth Van Tuyl pose beside a Ford automobile.

1925: Chicago, Illinois

1925: Chicago, Illinois

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Maxwell Street in a busy shopping district in Chicago.

1925: San Francisco, California

 1925: San Francisco, California

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A flower stall in San Francisco.

1929: New York City, New York

1929: New York City, New York

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Two small boys play with a model boat on the lake in Central Park, one of America’s most visited tourist attractions

1930: New York City, New York

1930: New York City, New York

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Beams of sunlight streaming through the windows at (the potentially haunted) Grand Central Station in New York City.

1930: Las Vegas, Nevada

1930: Las Vegas, Nevada

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The neon illuminations of a wedding chapel in Las Vegas.

1930: Los Angeles, California

1930: Los Angeles, California

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A view over Hollywood Boulevard and Grauman's Chinese Theatre, a retro movie theater in Hollywood.

1935: New York City, New York

1935: New York City, New York

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Children play a game of leapfrog in the streets of Harlem, New York.

1935: San Francisco

1935: San Francisco

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Workers construct the Golden Gate Bridge — one of the world’s most amazing bridges — in the San Francisco Bay.

1937: New York City, New York

1937: New York City, New York

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The lit-up exterior of Radio City Music Hall in New York.

1938: New York City, New York

1938: New York City, New York

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House fronts on 61st Street between First and Third Avenues in New York City.

1939: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1939: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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A view of a back alley with clotheslines in Philadelphia, one of America’s most caring cities.

1940: New Orleans, Louisiana

1940: New Orleans, Louisiana

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A typical view of the French Quarter with old French homes in New Orleans, the most visited tourist attraction in the state.

1940: New York City, New York

1940: New York City, New York

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An exterior view of the old Madison Square Garden in New York City, one of the places in New York where you’re most likely to spot celebrities.

1943: Houston, Texas

1943: Houston, Texas

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In this photo, a fruit stand sits in front of a house in Houston, Texas.

1945: New York City, New York

1945: New York City, New York

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A soldier and a woman walk with their arms around each other in New York City.

1946: New York City, New York

1946: New York City, New York

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Vacationers on a fairground ride at Coney Island, one of America’s best old-school boardwalks.

1947: San Jose, California

1947: San Jose, California

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An instructor discusses the rules of cycling safety with a group of pupils in San Jose, California.

1953: Los Angeles, California

1953: Los Angeles, California

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A busy motorway links the Hollywood and Ventura freeways in Los Angeles.

1953: San Francisco, California

1953: San Francisco, California

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Transport workers push one of San Francisco's famous cable cars around to face in the opposite direction at its terminus.

1955: New York City, New York

1955: New York City, New York

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People listen to a folk singer on a Sunday afternoon in Washington Square, Greenwich Village, New York.

1955: Boston, Massachusetts

1955: Boston, Massachusetts

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A disused shop building below a tattoo studio in Boston.

1955: Detroit, Michigan

1955: Detroit, Michigan

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A rainy afternoon in downtown Detroit.

1956: New York City, New York

1956: New York City, New York

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A woman in curlers buys a fruit-flavored snow cone on a street corner in Harlem, New York.

1960: New York City, New York

1960: New York City, New York

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A young woman and a girl take part in a beauty parade during Chinese New Year celebrations in Chinatown, Manhattan.

1962: New Orleans, Louisiana

1962: New Orleans, Louisiana

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A view of New Orleans' Door Bar in the city's French Quarter.

1965: Montgomery, Alabama

1965: Montgomery, Alabama

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American civil rights demonstrators approach the Capitol in Montgomery, Alabama, at the end of their march from Selma, Alabama.

1965: New York City, New York

1965: New York City, New York

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A policeman directs traffic in front of the famous neon billboards of Times Square in New York City.

1966: New York City, New York

1966: New York City, New York

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A street vendor sells popular Mexican and Puerto Rican records on the streets of Spanish Harlem, New York.

1967: San Francisco, California

1967: San Francisco, California

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A woman holds up a pamphlet beside passing cars in the street, San Francisco.

1967: Detroit, Michigan

1967: Detroit, Michigan

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A policeman stands guard in a Detroit street as buildings are burning during riots that erupted in the city.

1968: Chicago, Illinois

1968: Chicago, Illinois

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A police officer escorts a protester to a squad car surrounded by dozens of anti-Vietnam War demonstrators outside the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

1968: Washington, DC

1968: Washington, DC

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A high-angle view of crowds gathered on the Washington Mall during the Poor People's March.

1970: Baltimore, Maryland

1970: Baltimore, Maryland

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A group of women enter a job bank in Baltimore.

1971: New Orleans, Louisiana

1971: New Orleans, Louisiana

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Decorations line Canal Street in New Orleans for Mardi Gras.

1972: New York City, New York

1972: New York City, New York

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People ice skate in Central Park.

1978: New York City, New York

1978: New York City, New York

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New York streets covered in snow following an extreme winter weather spell.

1979: Orlando, Florida

1979: Orlando, Florida

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Space Mountain, seen here, is one of the top attractions at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

1982: New York City, New York

1982: New York City, New York

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A young man break-dances in Washington Square Park, New York.

1983: New York City, New York

1983: New York City, New York

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People take part in the 1983 Gay Pride Parade in New York City. There are even more photos of pride parades through history.

1986: Pasadena, California

1986: Pasadena, California

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A float by the City of Santa Ana passes along Colorado Boulevard during the 97th Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.

1992: Los Angeles, California

1992: Los Angeles, California

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A general view of the Hollywood sign on a hill above Los Angeles.

1993: New York City, New York

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Fans and friends of rapper Biggie Smalls pay their final respects as his funeral procession winds down St. James' Place in Brooklyn. 

1995: Chicago, Illinois

1995: Chicago, Illinois

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A commercial endorsement off Interstate 90/94 in downtown Chicago depicts Michael Jordan.