New York's past now available at Mary Evans Picture Library

Fascinating photographs charting the history of New York City are now available through Mary Evans Picture Library, as they announce a new partnership with the Museum of the City of New York. The UK's leading resource for historical images is now representing the archive collection of the museum whose mandate is to explore the past, present and future of this most exciting of cities, and to celebrate its inherent diversity and heritage.

The first images to go online are prints taken by the Byron Company in New York between 1890 and 1942. The selection shows a city in the grip of change with trade, finance, industry, transport and leisure key themes, with images of the building projects that form the great skyline of today lending an architectural aspect.

Among the stand-out images within this first batch, is a portrait of quintessential American artist, Norman Rockwell, views of the famous Butterick sewing pattern company and, interiors of the Abercrombie and Fitch store. A far cry from the slick, upmarket high street superbrand of today. In 1904, it was the place to go to buy your shotgun, riding boots or golf clubs. Add to this visiting acrobats, stunt cyclists, vintage cars, bank vaults, billiard players and bridge construction and this is a collection which looks at the detail of New York city life, as well as the bigger picture.

"We are delighted to be representing such a prestigious collection," says Paul Brown, Managing Director of Mary Evans Picture Library, "Despite being a UK company, our aim is to continue to build our offering of global historical subjects; adding the museum's photographs to our library brings us one step further. Not only are these images a wonderful chronicle of New York's history, they are equally a fantastic snapshot of a given period, regardless of geography."

Images from the Museum of the City of New York are available to view at with more to be added over the coming months.

For a selection of images from the new collection, please click here.

For further information, please contact:
Paul Brown
Mary Evans Picture Library
59 Tranquil Vale
London SE3 0BS, UK
T: +44 (0)20 8318 0034
F: +44 (0)20 8852 7211