The Western Union Telegraph Building on Broadway, New York City

This giant turreted building located at Broadway and Dey Street was built by George P. Post in 1872-5. Its height of 230 feet was made possible by the recent invention of the passenger elevator. 100 telegraph operators worked in this building which was open 24 hours a day and lit by night. Its tower was an important landmark for mariners in New York Harbor. Here it dwarfs its neighbor, the Goodyear Rubber Goods building.

Date:
1880 circa 15 years
Original Format:
Glass Negative Print
Item#:
MES00663
Height:
1688px
Width:
1848px
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