I received the following question in myÂ e-mail this week:Â
I remember within the last 6 months seeing a mention of a source for photos of each of the homes mentioned in a New York City census report – for the late 1800s.Â This was a hint sent by a fellow family hunter, and I thought at the time that such a photo would make a good present for my daughter-in-law who knew little about her mother becaase she had died on the day that her baby was born.Â I thought that I had made a note of the source for such pictures, but like so many good ideas, I can’t find the note.Â Can anyone help?Â
Thanks .. Mary Bready
I’m not aware of any photographs from the late 1800s, but the Municipal Archives in New York does sell photographs from around 1940. According to the website,
Between 1939 and 1941, the city photographed every house and building in the five Boroughs. Copies of these unique images are now available for purchase.
Click here to learn more or to order a photograph. It sounds like a lovely gift for your daughter-in-law!