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Your Inner Nerd Will Love These Photos Of Old-School America

There are some historical gems in the New York Public Library's recently released collection.

The New York Public Library announced this week that it has digitized approximately 180,000 public domain images, bringing the total number of images in the library's digital collection to more than 672,000.

We've compiled some of the most striking photos in the new collection, including some by Dorothea Lange, famous for her iconic shots of migrants in California, as well as black-and-white images of New York City in the 1930s. Also included were 40,000 stereoscopic images from all over the United States. 

Check out the photos below:

  • Herald Square and 34th St. in Manhattan, 1935.
    Berenice Abbott/NYPL
    Herald Square and 34th St. in Manhattan, 1935.
  • Blossom Restaurant, 103 Bowery, Manhattan, 1935.
    Berenice Abbott/NYPL
    Blossom Restaurant, 103 Bowery, Manhattan, 1935.
  • St. Mark's Church on East 10th Street and Second Avenue, Manhattan, with sky-writing in the background, 1935.
    Berenice Abbott/NYPL
    St. Mark's Church on East 10th Street and Second Avenue, Manhattan, with sky-writing in the background, 1935.
  • Milk wagon and old houses, Grove Street, Manhattan, in 1935.
    Berenice Abbott/NYPL
    Milk wagon and old houses, Grove Street, Manhattan, in 1935.
  • A young, penniless family hitchhiking on U.S. Highway 99, California, in November 1936. The father, 24, and the mother,
    Dorothea Lange/NYPL
    A young, penniless family hitchhiking on U.S. Highway 99, California, in November 1936. The father, 24, and the mother, 17, came from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, early in 1935. Their baby was born in the Imperial Valley, California, where they were working as field laborers.
  • Migrants in California in 1936.
    Dorothea Lange/NYPL
    Migrants in California in 1936.
  • Midway Dairy cooperative, near Santa Ana, California, in 1936.
    Dorothea Lange/NYPL
    Midway Dairy cooperative, near Santa Ana, California, in 1936.
  • Children from Dead Ox Flat get off the bus at the schoolyard in Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon, in October of 1939.
    Dorothea Lange/NYPL
    Children from Dead Ox Flat get off the bus at the schoolyard in Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon, in October of 1939.
  • A photo from sometime between 1902 and 1913 shows the pens at Ellis Island. The people in the photo have passed the
    Edwin Levick/NYPL
    A photo from sometime between 1902 and 1913 shows the pens at Ellis Island. The people in the photo have passed the first mental inspection for immigration.
  • A photo from the Spalding Baseball Collection shows Jim Fogarty of the Philadelphia Quakers, sometime in the late 1800s.
    G.E. Gray/NYPL
    A photo from the Spalding Baseball Collection shows Jim Fogarty of the Philadelphia Quakers, sometime in the late 1800s.
  • A stereoscopic view of a Klondike camp in Alaska. The date is unknown.
    Robert N. Dennis Collection/NYPL
    A stereoscopic view of a Klondike camp in Alaska. The date is unknown.
  • This GIF was created from the two frames of the preceding stereoscopic image. Alternating between the frames gives the image
    Robert N. Dennis Collection/NYPL
    This GIF was created from the two frames of the preceding stereoscopic image. Alternating between the frames gives the image the illusion of depth that one would see from a stereoscopic viewer.
  • A stereoscopic image titled "Gazing into a yawning chasm 5000 feet deep, Moran's Point," taken in the Grand Canyon in 19
    Robert N Dennis Collection/NYPL
    A stereoscopic image titled "Gazing into a yawning chasm 5000 feet deep, Moran's Point," taken in the Grand Canyon in 1902 or 1903.
  • This GIF was created from the two frames of the preceding stereoscopic image. Alternating between the frames gives the image
    Robert N. Dennis Collection/NYPL
    This GIF was created from the two frames of the preceding stereoscopic image. Alternating between the frames gives the image the illusion of depth that one would see from a stereoscopic viewer.
  • A piece created for the Works Progress Administration titled "Fishing In the Park," sometime between 1935 and1943.
    Richard Lindsey/NYPL
    A piece created for the Works Progress Administration titled "Fishing In the Park," sometime between 1935 and1943.
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