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    Monumental New York City photographic archive from the Gilded Age through the mid-20th century including iconic photographers Lewis Hine, Margaret Bourke-White, Jacob Riis, and many others. Culver Pictures, Inc. New York City photographic archive including the Sy Seidman Photo Service collection, comprising (6000+) images, most vintage, novel and scarce. An historic cultural and aesthetic collection centered on Manhattan, including coverage of Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island. An extraordinarily comprehensive exposè of New York City life and environs spanning the late 19th through the mid-20th centuries, with an emphasis on the early 1900s and the 1930s. The combined output of photojournalists, photo-documentarians, institutional and government concerns working singly and in concert with their respective organizations have within this body of work chronicled the ever-changing built environment and its inhabitants across the era it represents. Sizes range from 4 x 5 in. to 11 x 14 in. and are loose, sleeved gelatin silver single and double-weight fiber based photographs with various Culver Agency labels and stamps on verso. Selected images laid on one-ply and two-ply board with descriptions on verso or recto are also included. Handwritten descriptions identify place names with and without year dates. Collection also includes stereo views, real photo postcards, cabinet cards, panoramas, albumen and other photographic processes. The archive has been methodically and consistently organized throughout its decades-long existence into specific categories and derivations therein, and is sleeved in (40+) large 3-ring binders each labeled for content. As press agency photos from a working archive which were let out for one-time use to be returned (with penalties assessed for damage), the condition overall distinguishes itself from typical press photo material in that remarkably few crop marks, notations, air brushing etc. are included. While many throughout the collection are period, vintage originals, both early and later copy photos also round out the subjects covered. A small percentage of the collection has been specifically identified by photographer, agencies, or organizations both public and private, as follows: Wilbert H. Blanche, Richard Averill Smith, J.S. Johnston, Thomas Muir, John de Biase, Jacob Riis, Lewis Hine, Margaret Bourke-White, Paul Woolf, Sy Seidman, Irving Underhill, D. Jay Culver, Arnold Eagle, Irving Haberman, Gubelman, Alan Fisher, Steven Derry, Ray Platnick, Pach Bros., Brown Bros., Otto Sarony, Charles Pollack, Notman, Elmer Fryer, Morris Engel, Emil Herman, John Albert, William M. Vander Weyde, Will Weissberg, Roege, Morris Gordon, Bob Leavitt, Robert Lawrence Pastner, Peter Killian, Norman Kaphan, Martin Harris, Joe Clark, Radcliff, Fred Swaller, Gene Badger, J. Alex Langley, Louis Werner, George P. Hall and Son, John Adams Davis, George Heyer, Remie Lohse, Roy Perry, David Eisendrath Jr., Rudy Arnold, Savastano, Balthazar Korab, Sam Goldstein, Alfred Easton, plus agencies Detroit Photographic, Drucker and Baltes, Purviance Photo N.Y., Mora, Kennel-Ellis, Rockwood, R. L. Sperr/Atlas Photographs, George Grantham Bain/Bain News Agency Service, Vandamm Studios, Acme News Pictures Inc., Associated Press, Wide World Photo, Camera Craft New York, Port of New York Authority, UPI, Keystone View Co., Fairchild Aerial Surveys, Air Service U.S. Army 14th Photographic Section, Western Electric Co., Ruby Film Co., The N.Y. Edison Co., RKO Radio Pictures, Old Masters Studio, Liberty Magazine Photo, American Photo Service Inc., Federal Art Project, Montauk Photo Concern, and hotels McAlpin and Algonquin, though the majority of remaining images are either uncredited, or credits obscured by various agency stamps and labels. Above and beyond the archive's coverage of New York City's five boroughs (Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island), other significant subjects identified within the collection include Brooklyn aerial views and sequential views, Harlem, the Bowery, Chinatown, lower East-side tenements (arguably the largest group on this subject which has come to market in many years), Manhattan at night, Times Square (daytime and at night), rooftop living and leisure, birds-eye parapet views to street below, disasters, transportation: encompassing cycling, horse-drawn, streetcar, buses from their very beginning of existence, elevated railway, the entire evolution of automobiles in the city, aviation over cityscapes, the Speedway and the High Bridge, Rockefeller Center & Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden (including Westminster Kennel Club, political rallies, 26th Street location, hockey, tennis, boxing, the circus, etc.), the Flatiron building, the Chrysler building, the Empire State building, the Woolworth building, flop-house and associated Social Realism, Flushing, Queens Village, Bronx concourse, houseboat colony, Fifth Avenue, private houses (including Gracie Mansion, etc.), atmosphere, art, government (including City Hall, municipal buildings, etc.), Greenwich Village, Central Park, Broadway (the Great White Way, etc.), docks and harbors (featuring numerous 19th century views with sailing ships), Riverside Drive, Madison Avenue, Avenue 1, 2nd/3rd/7th/8th Avenues plus 6th Avenue/Avenue of the Americas, numbered streets 1st through 58th and above, 42nd Street, Gashouse district, Gramercy Park, "Swing Street", the Battery/Battery Park, Castle Garden, Bowling Green, New York City theater exteriors (other than Broadway), Haymarket, Streets N-Z, Wall Street, World Trade Center, & other exchanges, Hotel Cadillac, Plaza Hotel, Hotel New York, Waldorf Hotel, St. Moritz, St. Regis, Holland House, Hotel Astor and Astor House, Palm Garden/ Delmonicos, Steuben Tavern, Lindy's, Port Arthur Chinatown Emporium, Miami Bar, Louis Bar, Lane's Irish House (Coney Island), Manny Wolf's 49th Street Chop House, Rhineland Gardens, Horn and Hardart Automat, Murray's Peacock Room, Restaurant Martin, Fuerst Bros., Rector's, Coffee Pot Society, Loft's Restaurant and Candy Store, Alt Wien, Rudi's and Maxl's Original Bavarian Brau-Haus, Restaurant Platzl, Central Park Casino, Brighton Cafeteria, Café Beaux Arte, Jack Dempsey's, Churchill's, Stork Club, Browne's Chop House, Jack's Famous, Sardi's, plus general hotels and restaurants, ferries and ferry slips, George Washington Bridge, Union Square, Washington Square, Madison Square, Herald Square, Columbus Circle, Dewey Arch, 5th and Madison, various squares and circles, Statue of Liberty, Tammany Hall, Lincoln Center, various monuments, Fred R. French (Paramount) building, Singer Building, newspaper and other business buildings, Produce Exchange Warehouse, Federal Reserve, Port Authority, Tribune Building, Staats Zeitung, Metropolitan Life Tower, Western Union building (later AT&T), Tiffany Building, Bronx Zoo, Cloisters, Fort Tryon, Bryant Park, Fort Washington Park, Seward Park, Prospect Park, Flushing Meadow Park, Crotana Park, Morningside Park, Carl Schurz Park, various other parks, city skylines from numerous perspectives, waterways, aerial views and cityscapes, etc. etc. In addition, there are groups of particular vernacular, artistic and/or historic significance, including (7) approx. 5 x 7 in. remarkable candids of kids and adults "sidewalk fishing" in street grates for coins and other treasures; (35+) individually captioned 3 x 4 in. "tour of the city" street views by Sy Seidman; (10) various sized squatter and shanty-town communities; (9) medium-format early historic homes in Brooklyn; (5) approx. 5 x 7 in. depictions of early houseboat colonies; a suite of (5+) various size depictions of early Chinatown; (6) 5 x 7 in. studies of night-time signage by Alfredo Valente; (5) 8 x 10 in. studies of rooftop living and leisure by Alan Fisher; (2) 4 x 5 in. architectural studies on East River Drive by Alan Fisher; (2) 19th century 4.5 x 6 in. studies of Brooklyn Terminal and Brooklyn Bridge under construction; (2) ca. 1916 sequentials of a bread peddler on the lower East Side; (3) 8 x 10 in. ghostly apparitions from long exposures; an impressive array of photography for photography's sake; and a nice selection of features, human-interest, and oddities including a ca. 1890 demonstration of the "Schmidt Detective Camera", a Bowery study of naked homeless men waiting to be de-loused, a happy carefree little girl blowing a giant bubble which reflects "the Tombs" where men were for decades imprisoned in wretched conditions; etc. In addition to the above, the following oversize 11 x 14 in. photographs are also included: (4) 19th century urban design exterior shots of NYC four and five-story brownstones from 1880s to the early 1900s at W 95th St, W 82nd St & 8th Ave and one unknown, (2) elegant NY double-decker ferryboat interior shots circa 1890. Images capture passenger seating on both upper and lower levels, (1) Grand Central Terminal (Grand Central Station) main concourse interior shot overlooking the staircase to Vanderbilt Avenue exit with sun streaming through the giant high arched windows. (1) NY Harbor from a Staten Island rooftop with Trinity Church in the foreground. (2) Broadway at the Western Union Telegraph building, and North West facing rooftops from the Woolworth Building. (1) exterior (likely) salt print of Brooklyn's King County penitentiary main entrance at Crown St. before it was torn down in 1907, (1) lovely D. Jay Culver pictoralist photograph of a postcard kiosk attendant amidst NY skyscape, (2) rare Louis Tiffany Studios ornate interior shots featuring wall mirrors, seating, wall murals, detailed crown molding, fire mantles, and coffered ceiling, with an extensive display of pottery, lighting, and ancient relics. (1) Coney Island panoramic construction photograph of the permanent structures, Over the Great Divide, and Hell Gate at Greater Dreamland. Also from the Coney Island, Dreamland oversized photographs is an image of the Frank C. Bostock's Wild Animal Arena in 1908/09 featuring wild animal trainers. Other subjects include Skyscrapers, Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty, Met Life, Central Park, Park Ave Hotel, St. Regis Hotel, Mayor William O-Dwyer, Penn Station, Winter Garden Theater, Empire Theater, Madison Ave, Wall Street, Union Square, NYC Harbor, Hudson River, Ferry Boats, Columbia University, WWII Homecoming, Suffragettes, Democratic Convention, Armistice Day Parade and more. Potential bidders are encouraged to view the massive lot in person, by appointment, in order to gain an accurate understanding of its true worth. Bidders should note that in addition to the original photographs, lot might contain period and later copies. This large lot is from a working archive and many of the photographs are laid on board and/or have notations, stamps, agency labels, etc. (mostly on the verso), and some may contain misattributions relating to names, places or dates. Although in remarkably good condition as a whole, condition varies. Some images exhibit handling creases, surface abrasions and general wear due to age. All numbers are approximate and this lot is not subject to return. Special shipping arrangements will apply.

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    October, 2014
    17th Friday
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