New York in Postcards 1880-1980: The Andreas Adam Collection

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New York is a global icon—the quintessential metropolis. Over three centuries it has morphed from the colonial fur trading hub of New Amsterdam into one of the most vibrant and exciting cities on earth. The history of the Big Apple has been documented many times over in many diverse ways, including books, photographs, and songs. But in this lavish, beautiful volume, Thomas Kramer offers a new perspective, telling the story of New York through Andreas Adam’s vast collection of rare picture ...

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Overview

New York is a global icon—the quintessential metropolis. Over three centuries it has morphed from the colonial fur trading hub of New Amsterdam into one of the most vibrant and exciting cities on earth. The history of the Big Apple has been documented many times over in many diverse ways, including books, photographs, and songs. But in this lavish, beautiful volume, Thomas Kramer offers a new perspective, telling the story of New York through Andreas Adam’s vast collection of rare picture postcards that recount the city’s changing identity and culture over the last century.

The nine hundred well-preserved, vintage cards in New York in Postcards 1880–1980 bring to life the look and feel of their eras in concise visual statements. The cards’ striking prints, organized by subject and geographic area, vividly depict every aspect of New York City over the centuries: the Native American village that became Manhattan; nineteenth-century street scenes; famous architectural landmarks; lush gardens; cars and trains; and historical events. The images themselves are a fascinating mélange of artistic mediums. There are archival photographs, as well as paintings and drawings that represent a range of styles from art nouveau to neo-objectivism, naturalism, and pop art. The book is rounded out with essays by Paul Goldberger, the New Yorker’s renowned architecture critic, and art historian Kent Lydecker on the visual narrative and the architectural history of New York and the cultural history of the picture postcard. 

An opulent and unparalleled collection of vintage art, New York in Postcards 1880–1980 reveals unexpected facets of Gotham’s history and how America is reflected in its triumphant tale.

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Paul Goldberger

“These postcards bring us back to a New York that possessed glamour and drama and warmth, in even measure: a city in which there was always light, and always possibility; a city that, when you came to visit, you could not wait until you were back home to tell everyone all about it, and so you always, always, sent a postcard.”—Paul Goldberger, architecture critic for the New Yorker, from his essay
New York Times

New York in Postcards, 1880–1980 provides a dual prism for viewing the city. . . . The book serves as both an architectural history and a history of ways of seeing the city.”

— Sam Roberts

New York Times - Sam Roberts

New York in Postcards, 1880–1980 provides a dual prism for viewing the city. . . . The book serves as both an architectural history and a history of ways of seeing the city.”
Paul Goldberger

“These postcards bring us back to a New York that possessed glamour and drama and warmth, in even measure: a city in which there was always light, and always possibility; a city that, when you came to visit, you could not wait until you were back home to tell everyone all about it, and so you always, always, sent a postcard.”—Paul Goldberger, architecture critic for the New Yorker, from his essay

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783858817136
  • Publisher: Scheidegger and Spiess
  • Publication date: 10/29/2010
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Kramer is managing director and chief editor of Scheidegger & Spiess.

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Table of Contents

New York in Postcards Paul Goldberger Goldberger, Paul 7

Constructed Image: Picture Postcards of New York City Kent Lydecker Lydecker, Kent 16

The Andreas Adam Collection 33

Postcards---A Tale of Urban History Andreas Adam Adam, Andreas 35

"Greetings from New York" 38

Arrival 66

The Statue of Liberty 82

The Marketplace 124

Lower Manhattan 126

Midtown Manhattan 138

Ellis Island 148

Ghettos 162

Palaces 180

Hotels and Restaurants 194

Race for the Skies 206

Flatiron Building 218

Singer Building 226

Metropolitan Life Insurance Building 230

Woolworth Building 236

Chrysler Building 246

Empire State Building 258

From Rockefeller Center to the World Trade Center 274

Rockefeller Center 275

United Nations Building 284

World Trade Center 292

Foldout Books 296

Vital Arteries 304

Waterfront 306

Ferries 314

Elevated Railways 320

Bridges 328

Subway and Tunnels 344

Road Traffic 350

Grand Central Station 360

Pennsylvania Station 374

Skyline 388

Wall Street 406

Public Spaces and Oases 422

Trinity Church and Trinity Place 424

City Hall and City Hall Park 432

Times Building and Times Square 442

Central Park 460

Public Library, Fifth Avenue 476

Madison Square 486

St. Patrick's Cathedral 492

Herald Square 496

Coney Island 500

Artists' Interpretations 508

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