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Photo of the Week


"How shall we know it is us without our past?"
- John Steinbeck

by Wendy Polhemus-Annibell, Head Librarian

Long Island Street Scenes, Mid-Twentieth Century. (Images from the Ceylon Anderson Collection of the Suffolk County Historical Society Library Archives. Copyright © Suffolk County Historical Society. All rights reserved.)

Ceylon Anderson (1904-1988) of Riverhead worked as a traffic engineer for the New York State Department of Transportation for over forty years, documenting the development of roads on Long Island from the early winding paths to the modern roadways and highways we know today. Thousands of his street and hamlet images, shot at locations across Long Island, were donated to the Suffolk County Historical Society's research library. This collage shows a small selection of those images from the mid-twentieth century: Deer Park Rd., New York Ave., and the Smithtown Bypass in 1956; Route 110 in 1949; and Front Street, Greenport, in the 1950s.


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The Suffolk County Historical Society’s PHOTO OF THE WEEK Series is created by head research librarian Wendy Polhemus-Annibell using historic primary source materials from our local history library’s extensive archives. To subscribe, visit our website or send an email request to Wendy at librarian@schs-museum.org 

Interested in seeing more historical documents from the Collection of the Suffolk County Historical Society? Spend an afternoon at our Local History Research Library perusing our extensive collections. We're open Weds. - Sat., 12:30 - 4:30 PM.

To view our Photo of the Week archives, visit our website at www.SuffolkCountyHistoricalSociety.org.



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