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Old New York photos: JFK, Alfred Hitchcock and a Nazi summer camp

A collection of 30,000 recently digitized historic and rare images of New York City and surrounding suburbs has been made available online for the first time by the Municipal Archives.

They include a series of images showing political groups taken by the New York Police Department's Alien Squad, which monitored political activists; early airplane and train crashes; and the ticker tape parade for then-presidential candidate John F. Kennedy in October 1960.

This brings the total number of images in the Municipal Archives' online gallery to nearly one million.

Here are a few highlights from the newly available images.

More images will be featured on the archives' blog.

Alfred Hitchcock

Mayor John Lindsay presents a medal to filmmaker
Photo Credit: NYC Municipal Archives/Mayor Lindsay collection

Mayor John Lindsay presents a medal to filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock at a ceremony at City Hall on July 8, 1966.

Hindenburg Disaster

The city would sometimes send photographers out of
Photo Credit: NYC Municipal Archives/NYPD

The city would sometimes send photographers out of state. In 1937, the NYPD visited the remains of the Hindenburg airship after its crash on the beach in Lakehurst, N.J.

Camp Siegfried

In 1938, the NYPD sent a photographer to
Photo Credit: NYC Municipal Archives/NYPD

In 1938, the NYPD sent a photographer to Camp Siegfried in Yaphank, on Long Island. Like similar camps around the country, this one was run by the German American Bund and taught Nazi ideaology. The camps were later shut down when the U.S. entered World War II.

The Kennedys

Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy famously appeared
Photo Credit: NYC Municipal Archives/Dept of Sanitation

Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy famously appeared with his wife Jacqueline in a ticker tape parade on Oct. 19, 1960.

Mayor LaGuardia

Many photographs at the archives record city history
Photo Credit: NYC Municipal Archives/NYPD

Many photographs at the archives record city history and its most important political figures, including Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, seen here at the dedication of the North Beach Airport on Oct. 8, 1939. North Beach Airport, of course, later became LaGuardia Airport.

Police Safety

Most of the images in the archives are
Photo Credit: NYC Municipal Archives/NYPD

Most of the images in the archives are related to municipal operations, like this one shot for a police safety campaign on Sept. 14, 1940.

Street Car Crash

A street car derailed and crashed into a
Photo Credit: NYC Municipal Archives/NYPD ESU

A street car derailed and crashed into a storefront at Nostrand and Putnam avenues in Brooklyn on July 7, 1931.

Second Avenue El Demolition

A worker helps to demolish the Second Avenue
Photo Credit: NYC Municipal Archives/Manhattan Borough President collection

A worker helps to demolish the Second Avenue El at Division Street, on Aug. 11, 1942.

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