Between 1930 - 1975 reference photographers from Hollywood studios were sent to never sleep in the city that doesn't either, in the service of providing scenic designers with material for creating interior and exterior sets for films that take place in NYC.
They came back with stunning examples of a skyline that never was.
Meticulously taken from impossible angles, the photographs were an amalgam of stuff that looked cool but didn't necessarily exist in the same time and space as the actual architecture.
Exterior street sets were a bricolage of various avenues throughout the city.
Office buildings photographed from below, northwest corner, sanitized and scrubbed , assembled like a German Expressionist film set to loom hazy in the background whilst Jack Lemmon perfected his post war neurosis in the foreground.
The Celluloid Skyline site coincides with a book of the same name.