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If a picture is worth a thousand words a newly released collection of photos delivers enough New York City history to fill an encyclopedia.
On Tuesday the department of records -- 870000.
Pictures from the municipal archives gallery on line.
They provide the public with a candid look at more than 100 years of life in the Five -- -- Always been aware.
Of what we have that this is a treasure trove and this belongs to the public this is the city's history and everybody should have access to it.
The photos have humble origins.
They are taken by the city's different municipal agencies -- a way of documenting their work but that doesn't mean that the anonymous photographers missed an opportunity to create art to.
There's the -- the famous photograph.
A man standing on the corner of sixth avenue and fortieth street I think it's 1940.
The photographer could have asked the man to move to decide that -- he left -- standing there and on the headline of the newspapers that the man -- holding.
Headline reads Nazi army.
Seventy miles from Paris I'd like to think that he knew exactly what -- instantly.
For crime buffs the archive houses a massive collection of police photography.
But the police department that crime scene photography.
-- seems to got -- around the turn of the twentieth century they use photography to help them.
In their work they its photography present as evidence in court obviously -- mug shots -- persons have been arrested.
The photos also managed to capture many surprising moments sanitation workers dancing -- Broadway Show girls in the street.
1940 the department of records began scanning images for their own internal use about seven years ago putting them on line with the next logical step.
In our mission is to preserve.
And make available the historical records of the government of New York City.
And in the 21 century making available means.
Being on line the collection of photos along with video maps and documents is available the department of records website.
-- NYC dot gov slash records this is Brian Stillman with the New York Post.
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