Bombs, Fat Cats And Charlie Chaplin: Here’s What Wall Street Looked Like In The Early 20th Century

At first glance, this street could be just another 0.7-mile long stretch of road in the middle of a bustling city. But it’s so much more than that. Some consider it the heart of New York and, without a doubt, the city’s financial center (and some might say the world’s).

Wall Street and finance are inexorably linked, due in large part to the presence of the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street, which is by far the biggest stock exchange in the world. Over time, the presence of the NYSE on this particular street ended up attracting other notable financial organizations until Wall Street became the financial juggernaut it is today.

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Wall Street Newspaper

At the end of the 19th century, the most important financial publication and the original stock report, the Customer’s Afternoon Letter, changed its name to the Wall Street Journal. This change would be vital in helping people associate Wall Street with stocks and finance. Source: Blogspot

Wall Street Dow

At the end of the 19th century, Charles Dow began tracking stocks and, soon enough, his average prices were seen as a trusted benchmark. He would go on to found the Dow Jones & Company financial firm, a staple on Wall Street for over a century. Source: NJ

Wall Street NYSE

The New York Stock Exchange at the beginning of the 20th century. It might just be the most important financial building in the world. Source: Wikimedia

Wall Street Corner

The famed building on 23 Wall Street. It’s been the JP Morgan bank for most of its existence, but it’s known to most simply as The Corner. It still looks today very much like it did 100 years ago. Source: Finance Bookshelf

Wall Street Bombing

On September 16, 1920, Wall Street saw the deadliest terrorist act in U.S. history up until that point. A wagon with a bomb exploded on the street, killing 38 people and injuring hundreds. Source: New York Daily News

Wall Street Damage

The damage caused by the bomb is still visible on the JP Morgan building today. Source: Wikimedia

Wall Street Car

Nobody was ever charged with the bombing, although a group of Italian anarchists called Galleanists were thought responsible. Source: Blogspot

Wall Street Floor

The trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange before the appearance of computers and digital screens. This is the chaotic image most of us have when we think of stock exchanges. Source: Compliance X

Wall Street Trading

The hustle & bustle of the stock exchange trading floor was subdued somewhat once ticker tapes were replaced with computers and digital screens. Source: Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Statue

Wall Street has always been a popular spot for public gatherings. Source: Blogspot

Wall Street Chaplin

Celebrities were sometimes brought in to endorse companies and boost sales. Here is a rally on Wall Street where Charlie Chaplin is standing on the shoulders of actor Douglas Fairbanks. Source: Tumblr

Wall Street Hoffman

Notorious political activist Abbie Hoffman staged Wall Street protests in the 60s. Hoffman demonstrated his knowledge of political theater in the late 1960s by leading a group of protesters to Wall Street, where they threw dollar bills onto the trading floor. Predictably, the traders fought each other to pick up every last slice of currency. After this event, Hoffman would later go on to found the Yippies, or the Youth International Party. Source: Al Jazeera

Wall Street Bankers

The 20th century saw the development of numerous skyscrapers dominating the New York skyline. The original Bankers Trust building on 14 Wall Street is one of the oldest. It was built in 1912 and designated a New York landmark in 1997. Source: Wikimedia

Wall Street Irving

The Irving Trust Company Building to the right. Built in 1929, this building is situated at the corner of Wall Street and Broadway, two of the most famous streets in the world. Its address is 1 Wall Street. Source: Shorpy

Wall Street Church

Believe it or not, Wall Street is not all just financial buildings. The Trinity Church is one of its main attractions. Seen here in 1905, the church used to be an imposing building, but it has since been overshadowed by the skyscrapers built around it. Source: Photographium

Wall Street Crash

The Wall Street Crash of 1929, also known as Black Tuesday, is the most famous (and most devastating) event in the history of the district. It sparked the 10-year long Great Depression. Source: Huffington Post

Wall Street Protest

Contrary to popular belief, the crash made a lot of people miserable but it didn’t lead to a wave of suicides consisting of bankers throwing themselves out windows. Source: Wordpress

Wall Street Riot

Following the crash, the streets of Wall Street became virtually inaccessible to vehicles due to protests and riots Source: Looseness Of Association

Wall Street Washington

George Washington’s statue in front of Federal Hall, just across from the NYSE is one of the most recognizable landmarks of Wall Street. It commemorates the fact that this is where Washington was sworn in as President. Source: Transmorgified

Wall Street Exchange

The look of the New York Stock Exchange has changed little over the last hundred years. Source: Wikipedia

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Of course, this wasn’t always the case. Wall Street has a long history with many significant events taking place, both good and bad. In the 17th century, the actual wall on Wall Street was used as fortifications against Native American tribes. In the early 18th century, Wall Street was the home of the first official slave market in New York City. In that same century, Wall Street served as the background for the inauguration of George Washington, the first presidential inauguration in U.S. history. It wasn’t really until the beginning of the 20th century that Wall Street started thriving as a financial center.

Want to see New York City in its chaotic early days (re: 1928)? Check out this video:

Color, Chaos And Crime: Inside Brazil’s Favelas

In every conurbation in Brazil, all across the country, there exists a separate state-within-a-state that houses over 11 million of the nation’s poor. Over 6 percent of the country’s population lives in this archipelago of slums, which puts them almost entirely out of the authority of the central government. These are the favelas, and they are almost a foreign country that maintains a state of cold war with Brazilian officials.

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Favelas Nova Friburgo

If your neighborhood is ever used as a Call of Duty map, you might want to consider moving. Welcome to Favela Nova Friburgo, where residents place rain-collecting tubs on the rooftops because water service is unreliable and expensive. Source: Wikipedia

Favelas Long

Rio de Janeiro alone is home to over 1.4 million favela dwellers. Some of the larger neighborhoods sprawl over whole mountainsides and spill down into the lowlands. Source: Be Local

Favelas Vidigal Mountain Beach

Source: The Guardian

Favelas Chatting

Source: The Guardian

Favelas Vila Kids Soccer

Soccer is absurdly popular in Brazil. The country hosted the 2014 World Cup, which was ironically the occasion for radical slum clearance in Brazil. Also, note that the fantasy depicted in the mural is of—another favela where kids are playing soccer, but with a slightly higher-quality ball. Source: Reuters

Favelas Rocinha Police Occupation

Brazilians lead a 21-nation survey in reporting fear of their own police. Nationally, more than 80 percent of Brazilians are afraid of being tortured if they get arrested. On the other hand, can you imagine how badass you'd feel riding to the police station inside one of those? Source: Riot Times Online

Favelas Lone Tree

A tree grows 4,814 miles from Brooklyn. Source: Durian Blender

Favelas Tangled Wires

You'd be surprised how few mafias keep qualified electricians on the payroll. Many electrical wires in favelas are strung and maintained by "casual" organizations. Source: YY In Brazil

Favelas Santa Marta Beach

Favela Santa Marta was laid out before slum tourism was imaginable. Like many Brazilian slums, it is separated from the white sand beaches and expensive tourist hotels by several city blocks, a sharp rise in elevation, and a thick screen of trees. Source: Wikipedia

Favelas Do Moinho Skyscrapers

Source: Wikipedia

Favelas Rochina Tourist

Wealthy people from first world countries frequently enjoy visiting favelas before returning home and telling everybody how moving the slum conditions were. Surprisingly few of them are ever kidnapped for ransom. Source: Favelissues

Favelas Garbage Chute

Driving a garbage truck through the largely unpaved and highly irregular streets of Favela da Mineira is all but impossible. The solution is this large chute, which empties into portable bins. Cutouts permit access to loosen obstructions, which is easily the third- or fourth-most-depressing job on Earth. Source: Rio Real Blog

Favelas Vertical Street

Source: Vice

Favelas Not Detroit

Pictured: surprisingly not Detroit. Source: Johnson Matel

Favelas Panoramic View

Source: The Guardian

Favelas Police Logo

Source: The Guardian

Favelas Soldier And Kids

"Citizens! Be calm! You are now safe from street violence! Prepare for an airstrike!" Source: Black Women Of Brazil

Favelas Via Mimosa Prostitute

A low-profile participant in the Brazilian tourist industry takes a break for lunch in Via Mimosa, Rio's oldest red light district. Source: Wordpress

Favelas Starship Troopers

These men of Brazil's special police force are doing their part to provide security for the World Cup and defeat the Bug Menace. Join up today. Service guarantees citizenship! Source: Reddit

The only contact most residents of these favelas have with the government that theoretically represents them is the occasional police raid. Most are not provided with basic services, and violence is the only currency that passes between the mafia-ruled slums and the central authorities. The people of the favelas are on their own, in other words, and they’ve built up their communities as colorful, crowded and utterly unique city-states that have held their own against a hostile world for decades.

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Portraits Of Your Favorite Superheroes (In Flemish Style)

Artist Sacha Goldberger asked an important question: what would our favorite superheroes look like if Van Eyck had painted their portrait? Proudly posed, these often-reclusive superheroes (and supervillains) become exposed under the lights of the painter’s studio– we get to reimagine them as dukes and duchesses with 16th-century grace.

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The Joker by Sacha Goldberger

The Joker

Batman and Robin by Sacha Goldberger

Batman and Robin

Snow White, by Sacha Goldberger

Snow White

Flemish Alice by Sacha Goldberger

Flemish Alice, by Sacha Goldberger

Robin by Sacha Goldberger


Spiderman by Sacha Goldberger


Batman by Sacha Goldberger


Darth Vader by Sacha Goldberger

Darth Vader

Princess Leia by Sacha Goldberger

Princess Leia

Iron Man by Sacha Goldberger

Iron Man

The Hulk by Sacha Goldberger

The Hulk

Wonder Woman by Sacha Goldberger

Wonder Woman

Flemish Chewbacca by Sacha Goldberger

Flemish Chewbacca

Superman by Sacha Goldberger


Green Lantern by Sacha Goldberger

Green Lantern

C-3PO by Sacha Goldberger


Darth Maul by Sacha Goldberger

Darth Maul

Kato by Sacha Goldberger


Nemesis by Sacha Goldberger


Captain America by Sacha Goldberger

Captain America

Catwoman by Sacha Goldberger


Stormtrooper by Sacha Goldberger


Tusken Raider by Sacha Goldberger

Tusken Raider

Django Fett by Sacha Goldberger

Django Fett

Mounted Stormtroopers by Sacha Goldberger

Mounted Stormtroopers.

Boba Fett by Sacha Goldberger

Boba Fett

Jawa by Sacha Goldberger


Admiral by Sacha Goldberger

Admiral From Star Wars

Boushh by Sacha Goldberger


R2D2 by Sacha Goldberger


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Source: Sacha Goldberger

Beautifully Designed Video Game Environments

If you want to see some of the most groundbreaking modern art, just spend an afternoon playing video games with your teenage cousin. Given the increasing capacities of digital technology, video games are well on their way to becoming not just one of the most entertaining industries out there, but also one of the most artistically innovative. Blending objectives, aesthetics and storytelling into one seamless package, game designers provide players with the opportunity to explore fascinating, incredibly intricate new worlds.


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