An airplane view of Washington Square, 1925

“One of the most interesting sights to be seen during a flight over New York City is the historically interesting Washington Square,” states the back of this penny postcard.

I’m placing it in the early to mid-1920s, because One Fifth Avenue, the Art Deco landmark that should be on the right end of Fifth Avenue before the arch, hasn’t been built yet (it would be completed in 1927).


“At the left of Washington Square is the well-known Greenwich Village section, the location of studios of many artists and  of the homes of some of New York’s oldest aristocracy.”

The card must be referring to the homes on Washington Square North, the most fashionable stretch of the city in the mid-1800s.

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4 Responses to “An airplane view of Washington Square, 1925”

  1. brendanyc Says:

    Hey! that fountain is off center! how did they ever allow that?

  2. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Good point! They’ll be moving things around once again in a decade or so. It’s the part most likely to be messed with.

  3. mykola (mick) dementiuk Says:

    Sometimes in the 1960s they moved around the entire grounds of WSP, many things were off if it’s looked by a viewer of the time. Can imagine what they’ll look like in the future.

  4. pliny Says:

    they already “centered” the fountain in the recent renovation

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