Vintage Photo Wednesday, Vol. 24: Holland Tunnel Opening, 1927

Holland Tunnel Opening, 1927

Here’s another tunnel-related vintage photo for you. Although the source (New York Public Library Digital Gallery) doesn’t note the year, I’m going with 1927. Take a look and you’ll see why. (Click for a larger version.)

Holland Tunnel Opening, 1927

The reason I’m going with 1927 is because the Holland Tunnel, which connects Manhattan with Jersey City, opened in November 1927. I don’t imagine that these unnamed officials, decked out in their late ’20s finery, would be taking pictures and shaking hands across the border in the middle of construction. Or maybe they did, who knows.

Update: An astute reader identifies the two men shaking hands as New York and New Jersey governors Al Smith and A. Harry Moore, respectively. Thanks!

2 thoughts on “Vintage Photo Wednesday, Vol. 24: Holland Tunnel Opening, 1927

  1. Mike Urbanski

    The Happy Warrior is pretty easy to identify. NY Governor Al Smith is up on the platform under his state’s name shaking hands with NJ Governor A. Harry Moore, who served longer as governor than any other 20th century NJ governor – three non-consecutive terms.

    1. Chris Holmes

      Thanks! I’ve updated the post with that information.

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