Broadway at Night
Night photography was not very sophisticated before the 1950's because of the slow speed of the film. The earliest real photograph in the John Caron collection is shown to the upper right. It is taken from the corner of Front Street (Main Avenue) and Broadway looking north. The store on the corner is Hanson's Variety Store. The streaks of light near the top are from the electric street cars (a moving object like the street car will not register on a long exposure).
The color postcard of Broadway at night is "colorized" to appear to have been taken at night but is a black and white photograph taken during the day and "artistically interpreted" to appear to be night. Note that the First National Bank had not yet been built, thus dating the image before 1926 (as is the real photograph at the upper right).
The night scene to the right is another daylight scene recolored to appear to have been taken at night.
The night scene above is a real photograph postcard dated 1912. It looks south on Broadway from about 3rd Avenue North.
These two "night" postcards are again daylight images made to look as though they were created at night.
The upper image looks south on Broadway from about Third Avenue.
The postcard at right looks north from Front Street (Main Avenue).
This postcard shows Broadway in the evening in the 1950's.