In this week’s Vintage Photos post, Untapped Cities brings you New York City through the lens of the Wurts Brothers, one of the most prominent photography studios of the 20th century. Brothers Norman and Lionel founded the company in 1894, and it quickly became the go-to studio for photos of architecture in New York. The Wurts Brothers took photographs for famous clients such as Con Edison, Otis Elevator and Cass Gilbert, the architect who designed the Woolworth Building. Norman’s son, Richard Wurts, joined the company in the 1920s, and would become well-known for his stunning photographs of the New York World’s Fair in 1939-1940. 

Photos courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.


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