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View, New York City, Central Park, Set of Photographic Stereocards, Antique Print, 1870-1890


42 Stereo Card Views of Central Park
Kilburn Brothers, G.W. Pach, et al.: c. 1870s to 1890s
Albumen prints on card, mostly yellow and orange mounts
3 1/2 x 7 inches each, average size
42 cards at $25 each, minimum purchase of 20 cards

Group of 42 stereo cards of Central Park comprising 22 views of the architecture and statuary including three views of the Mineral Springs; together with 20 scenic views of the park, including a view from the park of rural Yorkville.

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Central Park came into being beginning with an act passed on July 21, 1853 by the New York City Common Council authorizing the construction of a public park bounded by 59th and 106th Streets, Fifth and Eighth Avenues. The park was conceived to provide recreational open space for citizens of the growing city, which then had few open squares. The site that was destined to become Central Park was then “a bleak, rubbish-strewn area littered with squatters’ shacks.” (Deák) Central Park opened in 1857, and in 1858, the job of improving and expanding it, transforming the area into a pastoral oasis for the “toiling masses,” was awarded to Calvert Vaux, a young British architect, and Frederick Law Olmstead, an American farmer and magazine editor. Reconstruction began that same year and was completed in 1873.

Condition: Generally very good with the usual light wear, soiling, toning, fading, warping.


Deák, Gloria Gilda. Picturing America: 1497-1899. Vol. 1. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1988. pp. 535-536.

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19th Century