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Samuel H. Gottscho
As a young man, Samuel Gottscho (1875-1971) recorded the nighttime glories of Coney Island's early 20th-century amusement parks, but he became a professional success with the establishment of his own architectural photography firm in 1925. He received numerous important commissions from New York architects, developers, and contractors, including photographing private homes and major projects such as Raymond Hood's Rockefeller Center. Straddling the line between artistic and commercial photography, the collection includes not only pictures made for his commercial clients, but also non-commissioned work depicting iconic portraits of New York's changing skyline, bridges, and skyscrapers in the years between the world wars.
National Cash Register Company, Associated Press Building, Rockefeller Center.

National Cash Register Company, Associated Press Building, Rockefeller Center.


Rockefeller Center. Rainbow Club. Vertical mirror ceiling detail.

Rockefeller Center. Rainbow Club. Vertical mirror ceiling detail.


Rockefeller Center. Rainbow Club. Night view, south end of restaurant.

Rockefeller Center. Rainbow Club. Night view, south end of restaurant.


Nunnbush Shoe Store, 395 Fulton Street, Brooklyn.

Nunnbush Shoe Store, 395 Fulton Street, Brooklyn.


Peck and Peck, 475 Fifth Avenue.

Peck and Peck, 475 Fifth Avenue.


Steuben Glass, 718 Fifth Avenue.

Steuben Glass, 718 Fifth Avenue.


Steuben Glass Inc., 718 Fifth Avenue.

Steuben Glass Inc., 718 Fifth Avenue.


John B. Stetson Company, 475 Fifth Avenue.

John B. Stetson Company, 475 Fifth Avenue.


Rex Cole [showroom]. Interior toward windows.

Rex Cole [showroom]. Interior toward windows.

Located at 137-77 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, Queens.

Chrysler showroom, Chrysler Building.

Chrysler showroom, Chrysler Building.


Library in a home on Gracie Square

Library in a home on Gracie Square


David Bernstein [residence]. Game room mirror fireplace.

David Bernstein [residence]. Game room mirror fireplace.

Located at 730 Park Avenue, NYC.

Kuhne Galleries, 59 East 57th Street.

Kuhne Galleries, 59 East 57th Street.

Showing a rear bedroom and dressing table.

William S. Paley [residence], 29 Beekman Place.

William S. Paley [residence], 29 Beekman Place.


William S. Paley [residence], 29 Beekman Place.

William S. Paley [residence], 29 Beekman Place.


Orchard Beach Catering Corp., Orchard Beach, Bronx.

Orchard Beach Catering Corp., Orchard Beach, Bronx.


Orchard Beach, [Bronx].

Orchard Beach, [Bronx].


Orchard Beach, [Bronx].

Orchard Beach, [Bronx].


Frank Shattuck and Company (Schraffts), 15 West 34th Street.

Frank Shattuck and Company (Schraffts), 15 West 34th Street.

View at night.

Scene on Ninth Avenue.

Scene on Ninth Avenue.


Scene at Washington Market.

Scene at Washington Market.


Salute to the Seasons, Bryant Park, fall of 1957

Salute to the Seasons, Bryant Park, fall of 1957


Looking Down Sutton Place to Queensboro Bridge

Looking Down Sutton Place to Queensboro Bridge


Empire State from MacDougal Street

Empire State from MacDougal Street

View facing north on MacDougal St. Cars, trees and buildings along the street are visible in the foreground...

Central Park West Building between two trees

Central Park West Building between two trees

View from Central Park facing northwest towards Central Park West. The Beresford at Central Park West...

59th Street Buildings over Lake

59th Street Buildings over Lake

View in Central Park facing south over the Lake towards 59th St. Rowboats are visible in the lake in...

Barges at Pier 6 East River

Barges at Pier 6 East River


From Chrysler Building looking North

From Chrysler Building looking North

View facing north from the Chrysler Building at 42nd St. of the Upper East Side. Central Park is visible...

From the Chrysler Building looking Northeast

From the Chrysler Building looking Northeast

View from the Chrysler Building facing Northeast. The 2nd & 3rd Ave. elevated tracks are visible in...

42nd Street from Tudor City

42nd Street from Tudor City

View facing west on 42nd Street from Tudor City. A portion of the Daily News Building is visible to...

Sherman Statue & Plaza

Sherman Statue & Plaza

View facing south from Central Park towards Grand Army Plaza at 5th Avenue and 60th Street. The statue...

Bolivar Statue & Central Park West

Bolivar Statue & Central Park West

View of the bronze statue of South American "liberator" Simon Bolivar by Sally James Farnham (1876-1943)...

View looking S.W. from out on Pier 11

View looking S.W. from out on Pier 11


Cities Service Building from Seamen's Church Institute

Cities Service Building from Seamen's Church Institute


West Wall South

West Wall South

View of Central Park facing south across the Lake to Bethesda Fountain and the buildings of Midtown.

[Facing west towards Central Park West and 72nd Street]

[Facing west towards Central Park West and 72nd Street]

View facing West over Central Park Lake to Central Park West at around 72nd Street. The Dakota is visible....

[Facing south over the Central Park Lake to Midtown Manhattan]

[Facing south over the Central Park Lake to Midtown Manhattan]


Buildings over Parking Space on West Sts.

Buildings over Parking Space on West Sts.


#1 Broadway and Elevated Station from Battery Park

#1 Broadway and Elevated Station from Battery Park

View facing north from Battery Park with elevated railroad tracks and the Standard Oil Building.

From Battery Park to West Street Buildings

From Battery Park to West Street Buildings

View from Battery Park showing the Whitehall Building and 21 West Street.

View looking north-east.

View looking north-east.

View looking northeast over the Manhattan skyline, showing a prominent view of Midtown and the Chrysler...

Queens from 27th floor of River House. Blackwell's Island in foreground.

Queens from 27th floor of River House. Blackwell's Island in foreground.

View of the East River from Manhattan showing Roosevelt Island (then Welfare Island), the Queensboro...

Union Square. East Side between 14th and 16th Streets.

Union Square. East Side between 14th and 16th Streets.

View of the East Side of Union Square from above, between 14th and 16th Streets. Several of Kleins' department...

Columbus Circle from roof of Century Apartments.

Columbus Circle from roof of Century Apartments.

View looking down over Columbus Circle. Traffic and pedestrians are throughout. Streetcar tracks and...

St. Bartholomews Church. Vertical detail, upper part 2.

St. Bartholomews Church. Vertical detail, upper part 2.

Park Avenue and 51st Street.

Brooklyn Borough Gas Co. Gas plant, view from east I.

Brooklyn Borough Gas Co. Gas plant, view from east I.


[Mounted photograph for signs]

[Mounted photograph for signs]


[Mounted photograph for signs]

[Mounted photograph for signs]


New York Botanical Garden in daffodil time

New York Botanical Garden in daffodil time


Pan American World Airways' plane on runway bridge over the automobile road at Idlewild, the New York International Airport

Pan American World Airways' plane on runway bridge over the automobile road at Idlewild, the New York International Airport


Civil Aeronautics Building, Idlewild Airport

Civil Aeronautics Building, Idlewild Airport


Williamsburg Greenpoint Health Center, Maujer Street, Brooklyn.

Williamsburg Greenpoint Health Center, Maujer Street, Brooklyn.


The Tower at Dreamland (Night Scene)

The Tower at Dreamland (Night Scene)

Night view of the tower of Dreamland at Coney Island. A lit-up sign reading "Canals of Venice" is on...

Dreamland

Dreamland

Daytime view looking over Dreamland in Coney Island.

The Spence School, 22 East 91st Street, NYC. General exterior from west.

The Spence School, 22 East 91st Street, NYC. General exterior from west.


The Spence School. Entrance detail.

The Spence School. Entrance detail.

Located at 22 East 91st Street, NYC.

The Spence School. Entrance hall toward desk.

The Spence School. Entrance hall toward desk.

Located at 22 East 91st Street, NYC.

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