The New York City Department of Records & Information Services is home to a lot of documents and photographs; from Lindsay administration memos to crime scene photos, the expansive collection draws from 50 NYC agencies. The archives are so vast that it’s taking a while to digitize everything, but they did just release 720,000 images online.
The latest photo dump brings their 1940s tax photos online; tax photographs were taken by the City’s property tax office (or rather, by freelancers which they paid via funding from the Depression-era Works Progress Administration) as part of their assessment process. All in all, they show “every house and building in the five boroughs” from the decade, according to their press rep.
Yes, you can even see your home in New York City or the home of your ancestors as it existed in the 1940s.
You can read more in an article by Jen Carlson in the Gothamist web site at: http://bit.ly/2SUwQ63.
My thanks to the several newsletter readers who wrote to tell me about this new online resource.