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Real-Life Impressionism

The Brooklyn Bridge in 1902. The ornate building in the foreground is the Brooklyn terminal for the Fulton Ferry, the ferry route that the bridge paralleled and was supposed to replace. (Eventually the subways drove the old ferries out of business, but it took a while.)

The three tallest buildings visible in Manhattan are, from the left, the twin turrets on the Park Row Building, the hip roof on the American Tract Society Building, and the dome on top of the World Building. (All three, of course, are in the Structure of Skyscrapers.)

It’s not obvious whether the impressionistic fog is actually fog (not uncommon in New York Harbor and lower Manhattan) or a bright clear sky burning the negative. In either case, it’s a nice effect.