Looking North From 130th Street, Harlem, NY, 1902

Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd

A wonderful period photograph set right in the heart of pre-Harlem Renaissance looking north on 130th Street, and 7th Avenue (now, Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd.), Harlem, New York, 1901.

The photographer is standing in the middle of the intersection at 130th Street, and 7th Avenue’s cobble stone street taking the photograph, as a gentleman peddles towards him on a tri-cycle looking directly at him on the right, further back a horse and carriage awaits the owner on the left side of the frame, and ironically, even further back a horse-less carriage rambles up the large one lane 7th Avenue at the turn of the century (Traffic lights will not be on the streets for another 20 years).

Less then a decade later, in 1916 James Van der Zee and his second wife, Gaynella Greenlee, launch the Guarantee Photo Studio in Harlem. He eventually renamed the workplace GGG Studio on Lenox Avenue, between 120th and 122nd Streets. 

Via NY Public Library, Milstein Division. Source

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