The Chrysler Building is surely the jewel in the crown of New York City's skyline. Completed in 1930, the 77 story Art Deco skyscraper was the tallest in the world at the time. Its cloud-piercing spire and gleaming steel-clad ornaments depicting gargoyles, hubcaps, and the winged helmets of Mercury came to represent the thrill of the Machine Age at its most exuberant. These exquisite photos discovered by David Stravitz capture the day-to-day life taking place on the streets of New York in the 20s and 30s. The majority of the photos for sale on this website depict the photo-history of the construction of the Chrysler Building, but there are also images of New York in the 1920s, 30s and 40s.