A view of Fifth Avenue in the year 1900. Photograph includes Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and several mansions of the Vanderbilts – a family of Dutch origin who gained prominence during the Gilded Age. Their success began with the shipping and railroad empires of Cornelius Vanderbilt, and the family expanded into various other areas of industry and philanthropy.Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.
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