[New York]: 1910 - 1944. Ca. 1910 - 1944. Unpaginated, though 346 pp. 1,111 real photographs tipped-in to thick black paper, mounted with corners. Two colored postcards, 2 maps, 1 large folding brochure for the Jamestown, Westfield & Northwestern Railway (many with photographers notes stamped in ink, many in pencil), including some copy photos from magazines, newspapers, and trade magazines, ranging in size from 2-1/4" x 3-1/4" all the way up to 9" x 11", including many panoramic photos and even some real photo postcards. Thick oblong format: "10-1/4" x 13-1/4" x 5". Contemporary flexible embossed black calf post binder, gilt "Photographs" lettered to front cover, along with title of "New York State" in white ink to front cover, nickel-plate posts at gutter margin. Minor edgewear with some rubbing and chipping to both album and leaves. Some lifting to the photos, many of the leaves have wear to fore-edges. 1 of the nickel posts has snapped due to the weight of the textblock, a few leaves detached. Withal, a G+/VG remarkable album. Item #41488
A massive photo album brimming with over 1100 images of street cars, trolleys, motor cars, locomotives, service trains, interurban railway lines, and railroads across New York from the 1890s up to WWII. With neatly handwritten captions, photographer's notes often on verso, and even some typed text. The compiler has traced the development of the New York transit system before WWII, including many short lines, and trolley lines that have become defunct, and most absorbed into the modern New York railway system.
This tremendous photograph album supplies one of the most lavishly illustrated visual archives of New York Interurban Railways, Street Cars, Trolleys, and the development of mass transit in the Northeastern United States before WWII we have ever seen. Included within the album are images of over 60 different Interurban lines, Trolley Lines, and Short Line railways, including the Albany Southern RR, Albany & Hudson Railway, Batavia Traction Co. (operated 1914-1927), Bennington & Hoosik Valley Railway Co. (1989-1927), the Coney Island and Brooklyn Railroad which was the first railroad of any kind to reach Coney Island, and after 1923 became part of the Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit Corporation, along with the Brooklyn & Manhattan Transit, Brooklyn & Queens Traction Co., and the Brooklyn Rapid Transit. In addition, there are substantial sections devoted to the Empire State Railroad, the Fonda, Johnstown & Gloversville RR - significant for showing the ultra modern art deco Bullet interurban cars acquired in 1932 to boost ridership; the Schenectady Railway Company which connected Schenectady -Albany -Troy -Saratoga and was one of the most extensive trolley lines in the Northeastern US; as well as the New York Elevated Railroad, the New York Railways Co., which operated trolleys and streetcars from 1911 until 1925 when their lines were replaced with buses, the Rochester & eastern Rapid Railway which operated from 1901 until 1930 when the line was dismantled; the Steinway Lines Co., which began as the Steinway Railway Company and would become part of the New York & Queens County Railway until 1932 when it broke free and operated as a trolley line until 1939 when they were replaced with buses.
This album is filled with trolleys, electric trolleys, electric motor cars, and electric locomotives which were built by numerous different companies including J. M. Jones & Sons Interurban Car Builders, Wason Manufacturing Co., Jackson-Sharp Manufacturing, Baldwin-Westinghouse, Sheffield Car Co., and many others. The photographers stamps on the versos of some images include Howard Humes of Balston Spa, NY, Fred Abele of Albany, NY, Charles A. Brown of Chicago, IL, and many others. The photos provide a vivid picture of New York in the first part of the 20th century depicting the advertising signage, the architecture, fashions, civic movements, the impact of Pearl Harbor with trolleys outfitted to look like Navy Recruiting posts, and much more. Of particular interest are many of the images showing abandoned trolleys and motor cars in wrecking yards, sideyards, others showing accident damage from being hit by trucks, some being sold at auction, and others being burned for scrap as much of the Interurban system was being scrapped for buses at the outbreak of World War II.