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1902: New York City: vault lights being installed (work by Tucker & Vinton) (1) This 1902 photo shows vault lights (with round lenses) being constructed by Tucker & Vinton. Presumably it's subway work since T&V won the bid for the "Entire Rapid Transit Tunnel, New York City, over 100,000 sq. ft." —Sweet's 1906.

Their signboard reads "TUCKER & VINTON INC / STEEL-CONCRETE / VAULT LIGHT CONSTRUCTION / 156 FIFTH AVE., NEW YORK".

Full-size, 300 DPI scan is 1.0 MB, © Brian Merlis Collection


Con. & Fulton St. (788) 18th St. Subway Station (5805) City Hall Subway Station 1905 (Rotograph A177a)
(2) Con. & Fulton St.
10/28/1904
(3) 18th St. Subway Station
2/4/1905
(4) City Hall Subway Station,
1905
These two survey photos © Brian Merlis Collection Rotograph postcard A177a

(5) This original 1907 cyanotype also shows round vault lights being installed, presumably by Tucker & Vinton.

The back is marked (in typewriting?) "Plate #1:- Camera on engine house platform looking N.W., showing vault light construction north side Borough Hall Station. Apr.25, 07--1288-43.", and (ink-stamped) "RAPID TRANSIT RAILROAD / COMMISSIONERS / JUN 10 1907 / ENGINEER FIFTH DIVISION".

This excellent image deserves a 600 DPI color scan (4.0 MB); back is 300 DPI.

1907 cyanotype: New York City: vault lights being installed at Borough Hall Station (front) 1907 cyanotype: New York City: vault lights being installed at Borough Hall Station (back)

(1) Tucker & Vinton (2) Butler Portraits | J. & T. Cousins