what a difference a century makes

or not…!

these pics are from the ny blizzard of 1899. i love t to see new york through the ages and can only imagine what it must have been like living there 100 years ago. so much has changed and still so much is exactly the same. what a rock!

at least i won’t be digging my carriage out this year! but i’m on my way today and hope the flights aren’t too backed up.

talk about being on ‘the grid’!

these great old shots are from the new york times archives and the ny historical society. nytimes.com

and these are from the museum of the city of new york: museumofnyc.doetech.net

i guess there were a lot of pre-war fireplaces crackling!

in my search i came across a film that was made about the blizzard at the time. it’s a silent and apparently a classic at that. you can find it here: imdb.com/title/tt0230326

well, that’s enough stalling, have to go and face the music!

i hate the cold but can’t wait to see the bergdorf windows. i have to keep repeating that to stay motivated to leave sunny florida! more from the other side~


December 20, 2009. New York.


  1. Linda Merrill from ::Surroundings:: replied:

    What great photos! Nothing like slogging through the snow in a floor length dresses!


  2. Sarah replied:

    Amazing photos! I love the first one of the man in the snow chasm.


  3. Nina replied:

    Have a safe and happy trip!


  4. Paris Hotel Boutique replied:

    Insanely great photos Claudia!! I’m so confused if you’re i FL or NY? Honey, please explain!
    XOXO L


  5. Pamela replied:

    Having just come in from the freezing cold, I am shivering just looking at these old photographs! I love this weather, but am ready for my feet to be warm at the moment!

    Edward, of course, cannot get enough!


    • the paris apartment replied:

      oh god i am dreading the cold, i’ve become such a wimp! sometimes i can’t believe i spent so many years digging myself and my stores and cars out of snow drifts in the city. i must have had a completely different constitution! stay warm!!


  6. daisy replied:

    Bon Jour Queenie,

    Boy these photos remind me of my home town of Dunkirk, NY, which is like 30 minutes from Buffalo! I grew up in blizzards like these, and I just loved them!! I remember it being so cold at night, I was a ’70’s little girl and I had to sleep with my hat, scarf and gloves on at night! The streets were not at all visible and the cars were so deeply burried that you had to try to guess where yours was. I love love love your photos! Great job finding these and sharing with your fans:) I live now in Jersey and we just got like 18 inches last night!

    Royal wishes,
    La Petite Plume


    • the paris apartment replied:

      oh boy, as a jersey girl, i can relate…my dad always kept the thermostat a couple degrees too low for my liking. i was always in trouble for raising it as soon as i could reach it!


  7. the paris apartment replied:

    well i guess even modern technology can’t fight mother nature! my flight was canceled so it looks it’s tomorrow after all. have a great night and stay warm where ever you are!


  8. Chatelaine replied:

    Love the vintage photos. People knew how to dress back then. Enjoyed a trip back to the past.


  9. Blue Satin Sashes replied:

    I read somewhere that New York morphs into a completely different city every 50 years. Amazing, isn’t it? At the time the photos you posted were taken, my father’s side was a very prominent NY family, having been one of the first five families sent over by the Dutch West India Company. Unfortunately for me, all that “prominence” was lost in the Great Depression!


    • the paris apartment replied:

      that’s an interesting concept. i can see what you mean, though, it’s true. the 50 years between these shots and the 50’s is like another planet, and the difference between the 50’s and now is another universe! the only constant is the city itself.


  10. Karena replied:

    I really do not know how people made it back then! I feel like a wuss!


  11. Passementerie replied:

    What wonderful photographs! Thank you so much for sharing them. We saw wires not unlike those ones in Delhi last year!


  12. Paisley replied:

    Stay warm in NYC, you’re going to love it! I’ve made it a goal to visit the city next year during the holidays. I’m sure it’s magical!


  13. Nancy replied:

    Say hi to jiminy cricket for me! :)


  14. Mari replied:

    Beautiful pics. Reminds me, I have to order the survey one from my mom’s house from 1940(ish) from the NYC Dept. of Housing. I made it in and out of NYC over the weekend. They really have it together there. Only caught the Saks windows though, by the time we got to Bergdorf’s the wind was whipping the snow too hard so we skipped it. Safe travels!!


  15. Di Overton replied:

    Just dropping by to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas
    and a big thank you for your friendship throughout the past year.
    From a very snowy UK
    Di (Designers Block)


  16. le petit cabinet de curiosites replied:

    Great photos of an old time ! I guess at this time I would have loved NYC also !!
    I can understand you leaving warm Florida to cold NYC but NYC is s uch a wonderful city for christmas, full of surprises.
    Joyeux Noel Claudia


  17. Loreli replied:

    these pic’s are amazing! thanks claudia for all the gorgeousness you treat us to
    It’s like a vacation.

    Merry Christmas


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