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Caught Our Eyes: Perspective on a Patriotic Parade

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Prints and Photographs Division cataloging specialist Arden Alexander spotted this 1917 photograph, which is rich in detail and perspective.

Army on 5th Ave. Photo by Bain News Service, 1917 Aug.?
Army on 5th Ave. Photo by Bain News Service, 1917 Aug. 30.

Arden comments:

The photographer leaned out a window over Fifth Avenue to capture this aerial view of a military parade in New York City during World War I.  This image caught my eye because of its vivid details:  a girl waving a flag from a balcony, soldiers marching towards downtown Manhattan, crowds of spectators spilling out from the sidewalks into the street and the flags flying from buildings.  Looking closely, one can even see the window displays of dresses in the Lord and Taylor department store on the corner.

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Comments (2)

  1. How ironic and prescient of the next great war that the Japanese flag hangs so prominently above the marching soldiers.

  2. I am glad to see a precious photograph.

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