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New York through the Lens of the Byron Company, 1892–1942

Silver gelatin print, A Royal Family, Lyceum Theatre, 1900

From 1892 to 1942, the Byron Company was one of New York's leading commercial photography studios, specializing in stage and ship photography. As the company's photographers carried out their commissions, they also captured the images of New York City's everyday life. This site, a reproduction of a book by the same title, published by Pomegranate, San Francisco, and a companion to a Museum of the City of New York exhibition, offers 172 of the Byron Company photographs that capture the city's essence through images of New York street life, homes, businesses, work, play, home life, stage, and popular entertainment industry in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Each image is accompanied by the title, location, and date of the photograph, as well as a brief (50-70 word) descriptive caption. This site offers a wide selection of images for those researching New York or urban history or the history of photography in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.