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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • GEORGE WASHINGTON CROSSING THE PIES

High Finance: 1906

High Finance: 1906

Lower Manhattan circa 1906. "Broad Street and curb market, New York." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

How many?

I was able to find only two women in this photo. It truly was a different world.

Curb trading v. trading curbs

A little more detail on what the Curb Exchange was:

http://www.timeshutter.com/image/broad-street-curb-brokers-new-york

Federal Hall National Memorial

The columned building in the center of the pic, I believe.

It's still there:

The Birthplace of American Government

http://www.nps.gov/feha/index.htm

Who are these guys

and why aren't they at their desks, and what are they "selling"? I hope they have nothing to do with the stock market.

[They're curb exchange brokers and traders. Forerunner of the American Stock Exchange. - Dave]

 
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