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An Architectural Tour of NYC Via Fabulous, Vintage Postcards

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Ah the bygone days: a time when Manhattan's illustrious skyline was the be-all-end-all in sky-high architecture, and buildings like the Burj Khalifa and its pre-fab competitors seemed the stuff of science fiction. Like other cities toured via nostalgia-tinged postcards, NYC discovered through retro peeks at its architectural feats is a romp through history. From the Chrysler Building to Rockefeller Center, many bits of the city's smaller-scale superstructures get the 1940s postcard treatment. More below.

Check out Gizmodo for the full gallery.

· 12 Postcards From When NYC Was the Skyscraper Capital of the World [Gizmodo]
· 1950s Postcards Show Former Glory of the American Motel [Curbed National]