then and now

[1891]
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Although baby carriages were invented in the 1700s (by English architect William Kent in 1733), it wasn’t until 1889 when the modern stroller was born with William Richardson’s patent.  This patent changed the history of baby transportation!  The important changes Richardson made were including independently moving wheels, which led to greater maneuverability, and the reversible baby basket, which could face both ways.  Here’s the patent picture:

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This is a picture of Times Square taken in 1931.
Below, a picture of Times Square taken 80 years later!

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1895-Herald Square (photo source)

Just a few days ago, Macy’s announced that it would begin a 400 million dollar renovation of its flagship store at Herald Square in the Spring of 2012.  We figured that this was the perfect time to take a look back in history at Herald Square!  Scroll through the pictures below and watch the streets, buildings, and people of New York City transform through the years.  See if you can spot all the little (and big) differences with each decade!

The building that you see right in between 6th Avenue and Broadway is the New York Herald Building, which was constructed in 1894 and demolished in 1921.  Notice how the sculpture (of Roman goddess Minerva, two laborers, and a bronze bell) from the top of the building is now on the ground in the same location.  You’ll see Macy’s on the left beginning in 1902.  On the right, the Sixth Avenue Elevated Railway, which closed in 1938.

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1910s - Recruiting in Union Square, Looking North
This picture of Union Square was taken in the 1910s. The view is from the Southern side of Union Square looking North. Continue reading

Fifth Ave. bus (LOC)

This picture of the busses on 5th Avenue (just above Washington Square Park) was taken on July 10, 1913.  Below is the view almost 100 years later! Continue reading

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