It never ceases to amaze me the clarity of many of the wonderful pictures being scanned in and distributed online for all to see. It really gives you the opportunity to see how life was lived from day to day, outside of the usual posed for pictures.
Here is a gem I found of the lower East side of New York 1908:
You can find a whole new collection recently added to the New York department of records website here: http://nycma.lunaimaging.com/luna/servlet/browseByCategory
All of the pictures in this post are in New York. I know I tend to be partial to Southern California as that is where I am from and still live today. When I look at old pictures I try to take it all in, the architectures, the fashions, the cars or lack there of, the mentality or mind states of everyone, the conditions of the city. It is amazing how far we have come in really a short amount of time.