John Bachmann (American (born Germany or Switzerland), active New York 1849–85)The Empire City, Birdseye View of New York and Environs, 1855. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Edward W. C. Arnold Collection of New York Prints, Maps and Pictures, Bequest of Edward W. C. Arnold, 1954 (54.90.1198)

John Bachmann (American (born Germany or Switzerland), active New York 1849–85)The Empire City, Birdseye View of New York and Environs, 1855. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Edward W. C. Arnold Collection of New York Prints, Maps and Pictures, Bequest of Edward W. C. Arnold, 1954 (54.90.1198)

A Bachmann lithograph showing the NYC Skyline from Union Square in 1849. Broadway and 4th Ave. at 12th st are immediately recognizable. Notice something odd? The Square is Oval!

New York’s 1849 skyline seen from Union Square

A Bachmann lithograph showing the NYC Skyline from Union Square in 1849. Broadway and 4th Ave. at 12th st are immediately recognizable. Notice something odd? The Square is Oval!

Disembarkation of British troops at New York City in 1776. Engraved by Francois Xavier Habermann. Image date: ca. 1778.

Disembarkation of British troops at New York City in 1776. Engraved by Francois Xavier Habermann. Image date: ca. 1778.

Five Points of Manhattan during the 19th century.  Now Chinatown, this area was previously a notorious slum.

Five Points of Manhattan during the 19th century. Now Chinatown, this area was previously a notorious slum.

Street Scene on Fifth Avenue with Omnibus and Carriages, New York City  R. F. Turnbull  (American, active 1890s–10s)  Date: 1895–1905

Street Scene on Fifth Avenue with Omnibus and Carriages, New York City R. F. Turnbull (American, active 1890s–10s) Date: 1895–1905

Looking northwest from the corner of Madison Avenue and 55th Street in 1870. Mary Mason Jones Residence (white marble on left) at 57th Street and Fifth Avenue.

Looking northwest from the corner of Madison Avenue and 55th Street in 1870. Mary Mason Jones Residence (white marble on left) at 57th Street and Fifth Avenue.

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