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Daily News Building
Empire State Building
George Washington Bridge
Grand Central Station
Metropolitan Life Building
New York Hospital
New York Pubilc Library
3rd Ave El
Newly developed buildings were rising all over the southern part of this borough. Around 1915, the family moved to the South Bronx and settled on Charlotte Street, which contained a whole new line of tenement buildings. But these buildings were new, clean and had a new convenience, steam heat that was very appealing to potential new tenants. The streets were less crowded than the lower east side; however, the closest school, Morris High, was a good mile away. Since school buses were a vision of the future, Joe and his two brothers, Sam and Max would make the daily mile long trek along Boston Post Road to Morris High School and return at the end of the day. There were no complaints.
In the 1920s, Joe took up photography and became the president of a camera club. Besides the hundreds of photographs of family and friends that Joe took at that time and later, Joe would take the subway downtown to Manhattan and photograph the new buildings that were making their mark on the expanding Manhattan skyline. Structures that reflect the famous art deco style were changing the face of New York and most every photograph depicted on this website is a reflection of that change.
Joe used a simple Brownie box camera that didn't contain any fancy aperture or shutter speed features. No auto focus or auto film rewind and the camera's mechanics and optics of then could be found in a one of today's toys; yet, with this simple technology, Joe's photos leaves an impact - a snapshot of a city from decades past.
historyinphotos.com contains numerous features, such as Time Zone, a fascinating look of the transition between early New York and New York of the 1990s. Amazingly, some changes are trivial between these years, but what makes Time Zone most unique is that the same man - Joseph Sachs, took these pictures some 70 years apart!Tune in on the people, the cars and the buildings and you may feel a transition into the past. Whether you love photography, architecture, history or New York City, we are sure you will enjoy this gallery of old New York as seen by the eyes of a devoted New Yorker, American and experienced photographer.
Joe Sach's son, Steve is a professional photographer, who travels the United States and abroad with his digital DSLR cameras. (See Visions of the World). He is a partnered photographer with Brown Photography Studios, located in Queens, New York and is a member of the The Professional Photographers Society of Greater New York.Interested in purchasing prints of these fabulous photos of New York in the Swing Era? Visit our Visions of NY merchandise site! Here you can view and purchase photos, t-shirts, mugs, mousepads and an assortment of additional items. You will also find photos of old New York not shown in our current site.