Tag: George Washington Bridge

View-Master’s 1952 New York City – 1 of 4

View-Master’s 1952 New York City – 1 of 4

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Our last trip down View-Master memory lane (1957 New Jersey) was so much fun, I thought we'd hop across the river and do it again.  For this visit we go back another five years, to witness scenes from New York City circa 1952.  I only have four images to present in this series, mainly because landmarks like the Statue of Liberty and the Chrysler Building look pretty much the same now as they did back then, so there's little point in showing them (unless you really want me to). Faithful and long-time readers of this site might remember that the George Washington Bridge was featured in the third part of the New Jersey View-Master series.  It's worth seeing again for two main reasons.  First, dig those sweet old cars.  *drool* Second, note the lone deck.  The bridge, which opened in
View-Master’s 1957 New Jersey – 3 of 7

View-Master’s 1957 New Jersey – 3 of 7

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If this looks vaguely familiar, it should. It's the George Washington Bridge (identified on the reel as the George Washington Memorial Bridge). What probably stands out is the fact that there is only a single deck here. The second deck wasn't added until 1962. Since this is in the New Jersey set of reels I guess this shot was taken from the Fort Lee side. The GWB opened on October 25, 1931, making it real old. It connects the aforementioned Fort Lee, NJ to the Washington Heights section of Manhattan - crossing the Hudson River. It held the distinction of being the world's longest suspension bridge until 1937, when the Golden Gate Bridge was opened. According to Wikipedia (which is never wrong), it is now #14 on the list. The current top dog is the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge in Japan, whic...