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24 Photos Of Chinatown From Before You Were Born

Canal and Walker Streets, 1870 (Courtesy of <a href="http://collections.mcny.org/">the MCNY</a>)


Broadway and Canal Street, 1880 (Courtesy of <a href="http://collections.mcny.org/">the MCNY</a>)


Opium House, 1890. (Courtesy of <a href="http://collections.mcny.org/">the MCNY</a>)



Chinatown, 1890. (Courtesy of <a href="http://collections.mcny.org/">the MCNY</a>)


Chinatown, 1895. (Courtesy of <a href="http://collections.mcny.org/">the MCNY</a>)


Pell Street, 1899. (Courtesy of the NYPL)



The interior of a small restaurant in Chinatown, 1905. (Courtesy of <a href="http://collections.mcny.org/">the MCNY</a>)


New Year celebrations in Chinatown in New York City, 1909. (Getty Images)


Broadway and Howard Street, 1912. (Courtesy of <a href="http://collections.mcny.org/">the MCNY</a>)


Hester Street and Elizabeth Street Emergency Station, 1915 (Courtesy of <a href="http://collections.mcny.org/">the MCNY</a>)


Bowery and Grand Street. Bowery Savings Bank, 1927 (Courtesy of <a href="http://collections.mcny.org/">the MCNY</a>)


View facing north from Canal Street over the Sarah D. Roosevelt Park towards Midtown. 1930. (Courtesy of <a href="http://collections.mcny.org/">the MCNY</a>)



107 Mott Street, 1932 (Courtesy of <a href="http://collections.mcny.org/">the MCNY</a>)


608 Doyers Street, 1932 (Courtesy of <a href="http://collections.mcny.org/">the MCNY</a>)


17 Bayard Street, 1932. (Courtesy of <a href="http://collections.mcny.org/">the MCNY</a>)


3-9 Pell Street, 1932. "L.T. Wong Co. and the Trust in God Church are visible at no. 9." (Courtesy of <a href="http://collections.mcny.org/">the MCNY</a>)


45 Bayard Street, 1932. (Courtesy of <a href="http://collections.mcny.org/">the MCNY</a>)


Chinese furnishings in situ in Chinatown Market, 1930. (Getty Images)



Chinatown, 1940s. (Getty Images)


"View of three Asian men in front of shop. The man in the center is seated behind a small folding table with newspapers and various items on top." Circa 1940s. (Courtesy of <a href="http://collections.mcny.org/">the MCNY</a>)


Chinatown, 1940s. (Getty Images)


"A Chinese 'sandwich board man' walks the streets of Chinatown in New York bearing the latest war news," 1938. (Courtesy of <a href="http://collections.mcny.org/">the MCNY</a>)


An intersection of the Bowery and Chinatown, 1940s. (Getty Images)


View of a crowd gathered around news bulletins in Chinese posted on a wall in Chinatown, 1944. (Courtesy of <a href="http://collections.mcny.org/">the MCNY</a>)