With that in mind, the photo of the week depicts traffic congestion from around 1920 at Flatbush and Atlantic Avenue. On the back of the photograph the caption reads, “Traffic Congestion such as here shown is the inevitable result of crowding of industry and population.” The period in Brooklyn between 1915 and 1920 experienced a similar surge in population when city centers attracted tens of thousands of people from more rural communities. The 1925 Census of New York pointed to “modern conveniences such as an ever increasing number of automobiles, bus and transportation lines, an important factor.”
This photograph comes from the Brooklyn photograph and illustration collection. This collection contains over 7,000 items spanning from the early to mid-20th century in Brooklyn. This collections provides a comprehensive visual documentation of Brooklyn, with over 30 Brooklyn neighborhoods documented. To view more images from this collection, check out this gallery.
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