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Split Level: 1910

Split Level: 1910

Circa 1910. "Riverside Park, New York." And the ledge that launched a thousand boys. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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I don't know why I keep coming back to this scene. It's one of those "I want to go there" images. The split-level park is so unlike anything that would be designed today. I think I found it: RIverside Drive and W. 116th Street. Can any New Yorkers confirm that?

Roll you own

Looks like the young man, in the bottom of the photo, is trying to "roll" a parents did the same, in the early days, to save money.


It looks to be more fun to climb.

Lots of intrigue!

Why is there an "S" on the ground?
What is that guy doing, rolling a Cig?
The fellow behind him seems to have a bottle of something, and where does the small child fit in to all of this?

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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