Miniature Views of New York City, ca. 1950


Quantity: 18 half-tone color lithographs (6.5 x 8.5 cm)
Access: Open to research
Acquisition: Transferred from the Postcard Collection (QC16510), June 2010
Processed By: New York State Library, Manuscripts and Special Collections, June 2010

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Scope and Content Note:

This collection of halftone color lithographic views of popular landmarks and tourist attractions in New York City was probably part of a set that originally consisted of 20 views. The publisher of these views is not identified, but the images are identical to those which appear on picture postcards issued by Alfred Mainzer during the late 1940s and early 1950s. The original wrapper for the set no longer exists.

This collection consists chiefly of iconic views of the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and Rockefeller Center. Also included are views of structures that have been demolished or replaced by new construction, such as Pennsylvania Station, Madison Square Garden, the Polo Grounds, and Yankee Stadium. 

List of Images

Item Caption (on back of image)
1 Manhattan Skyline as seen from Governor’s Island, New York City
2 Fifth Avenue hotels and buildings near plaza in Central Park, New York City
3 Empire State Building, New York City
4 Rockefeller Center buildings, New York City
5 New York Stock Exchange, Wall Street, New York City
6 Public Library, New York City
7 Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
8 Cathedral of St. John the Devine, New York City
9 St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 5th Avenue and 50th street, New York City
10 Times Square, New York City
11 Grand Central Terminal, New York City
12 Pennsylvania Station, New York City
13 Port of New York Authority Bus Terminal, New York City
14 Madison Square Garden, New York City
15 The Polo Grounds, New York City
16 Yankee Stadium, New York City
17 Statue of Liberty in New York harbor, New York City
18 United Nations Building, New York, N.Y.
Last Updated: May 24, 2021