This Is Awesome!

October 12, 2008 by
Filed under: Queens 

One of the benefits of being a pack rat and a wee bit lackadaisical with the house keeping is when you finally DO get around to organizing it feel likes Christmas. There’s a treat under every pile of old magazines, old books, etc. This was certainly the case this weekend. Which brings me to the pile of old negatives gracing the beginning of this post: I have had these for months— but alas my scanner cannot process them. Until I exercised a little ingenuity, that is. Then I got a real treat; something so utterly nifty I simply had to share it!

Snapshots of the 1939 World’s Fair!

This negative was in pretty bad shape, yet I really like the finished image. Very moody.

I’m a big fan of this family unit. “Grandma” looks like one tough character.

There are twelve photographs in total. You can see them on my Flickr page by clicking here. By all means do check them out. They’re an incomparable sneak peek into the New York City of yesteryear!

Miss Heather

P.S.: There are many, many more old pix (of New York City!) where these came from so stay tuned. You’re in for are real treat!


3 Comments on This Is Awesome!

  1. woodendesigner on Sun, 12th Oct 2008 3:53 pm
  2. Very cool. How did you get your scanner to scan them? I have a bunch of old glass negatives from the late 1800’s that I am dying to scan in but I have not been able to figure out how to get them scanned in. A lot of them are from the Brooklyn Navy Yard and are of old pre WWI ships.

  3. d on Sun, 12th Oct 2008 9:18 pm
  4. I thought I recognized the parachute drop from Coney Island – it was in Queens for the World’s Fair and moved to Coney in the 40s. I absolutely love that thing, and on a recent jaunt to Coney (I go there pretty frequently), this old Brooklyn character sat down (with a beer in a paperbag, natch) at the table where my friend and I were sitting on the boardwalk and told us loads of stories, including that the parachute drop is called the “Eiffel Tower of Brooklyn.” Though funny it was originally in Queens! Those are really amazing photos! I’ll go check out the set on Flickr too. 🙂

  5. bitchcakes on Mon, 13th Oct 2008 10:29 am
  6. That is, indeed, awesome!

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