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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

NYSE: 1903

NYSE: 1903

Lower Manhattan circa 1903. "New York Stock Exchange, Wall Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

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Below is the same view from April of 2011.

Bigfoot

Anyone know who the foot belongs to on the statue at the right?

[George Washington. - Dave]

Old 23 Wall

The 23 Wall Street building that stands there now appears to have replaced the one shown in this photo. The view today:

Market plunge

Yikes. Just the thought of climbing up or down that ladder gives me the heebie-jeebies!

Same view

Over a hundred years later, you'd still see almost the exact same view from this spot. Not the case in a lot of places in New York.

The Bronze Toe

Whose foot is that in lower right corner?

Washington Stepped Here

At the far right of the photo is George Washington's foot from the statue in front of Federal Hall, where he took the oath of office as the first President of the United States.

Now a museum, Federal Hall was home to the first Congress, Supreme Court and Executive Branch of the government when New York was the nation's capital.

No anti-pollution system needed.

Here in the street, we see an example of the harmless emissions of an internal digestion motor.

Fruit futures

The guy with the lemonade stand can say he works on Wall Street

23 Wall Street

Across Wall Street from tne nearly-finished NYSE was the office of a far greater power - J.P. Morgan himself. Four years later, Morgan would almost singlehandedly rescue the world's economy from the Panic of 1907. The near-disaster would teach Morgan and many others of the need for what would soon become the federal reserve banking system.

 
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