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NYSE : New York Stock Exchange May 6, 2013

Posted by anagasto in history.

Isn’t it a bit confusing?

tn NYSE floor

The thumbnail is from a site whose link is now broken at http://wallstreet-daytraders.com/

At each of these round counters the traders gather to get the data. At the back there is the ubiquitous flag and two posters saying: “The world puts its stock in us.”–

Photographed and released into public domain by Ryan Lawler at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:NYSE127.jpg


tn 2002-12-nyse-xmas-decorations

It looks like the Parthenon, though with  Christmas decorations and watched over by skyscrapers.

I can’t find the author, but there is a(pretty) large version of this photo at http://www.thearchitect.co.uk/weblog/images/2002-12-nyse-xmas-decorations.jpg


the parthenon in athens

The Parthenon  2500 years ago  was a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena.  Later it became a  church and then a mosque and also an ammunition dump —  altogether a meaningful CV.

The drawing by Simonfieldhouse is  under the CC Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:New_York_Stock_Exchange_Simon_Fieldhouse.jpg


The street does not seem to be very busy, and people cross it carelessly. Isn’t it open to general traffic? There are even some groups chatting. Flags everywhere.

Crowd outside nyse

This is what it was like on that fateful day in 1929 when scared people collected in front of the NYSE to get the facts of the crash.


I would have imagined the NYSE trading floor to look like this, but with fewer people, because I  thought that by now they would stay at home or at their offices and manage their accounts by computer.– It is the UBS trading floor.


It used to be like that and very noisy because the deals were closed by shouting. The data arrived by ticker tape, a machine that received the quotations by telegraph and  printed them out on a paper tape.

The trader  holds up his hand to say that he will buy or sell, and the deal, often worth lots of money, is completely validated this way. Computers had not yet been invented.

Photographed and released into public domain by Thomas J. O’Halloran at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:NY_stock_exchange_traders_floor_LC-U9-10548-6.jpg———————————————————————————————————–
sweeping time

When it is empty it has to be swept. But even without its traders it does not look orderly or rational or somehow figured out.



London Stock Exchange
London stock-exchange

This is the London stock exchange 10 years ago. Its ceiling is similar to that of the NYSE, made of crisscrossing tubes. Is that a fashion? For it would not be to save money. — All the monitors are empty while the traders barely find room in the hall.
can't tell what it is by looking

photo 100swallows — quote from Google groups


Spain: Madrid Stock Exchange

It is in the center of the city near the Prado museum

Under CC Atribución/Compartir-Igual 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Genérica, 2.0 Genérica y 1.0 Genérica by
Luis García at http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Palacio_de_la_Bolsa_de_Madrid_%28Espa%C3%B1a%29_01.jpg?uselang=es


France: Paris Stock Exchange

commissioned by Napoleon

Source: ‘User:Mbzt’, GNU / Creative Commons A-SA 3.0, wikipedia.org




1. yenay.yenay - December 25, 2009

Did you know that Darth Vader rang the opening bell at the NYSE?


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