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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Bustling Brooklyn: 1910

Bustling Brooklyn: 1910

New York circa 1910. "Brooklyn. Washington Street from Fulton with Beecher statue." Now Cadman Plaza. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Beecher Statue

The statue of Beecher shown is still located not far from this shot in what is now called Columbus Park, in a straight line from Brooklyn's Borough Hall. There is another Beecher statue in the garden of Plymouth Church.

Boro Hall?

So this shot is from the front steps of Boro Hall, looking toward Manhattan??? I never would have guessed. It's changed a WHOLE lot. Is that statue of Beecher now in the garden of the Plymouth Church in Brooklyn Heights?

Beecher dates

Statues are different from tombstones I guess as far as the years carved in granite. Left to right, right to left.

[?? Born 1813, died 1887. - tterrace]

Almost afraid to ask

But here goes... What is (or was) a Gentlemen's Oyster Parlor?

[Look closer and you'll see that the Dennett's sign reads "Ladies and Gentlemens." - tterrace]

The Reverend Henry Ward Beecher

Called a hen a most elegant creature;
The hen, pleased with that,
Laid an egg in his hat;
And thus did the hen reward Beecher.

- Oliver Wendell Holmes

+96

Below is the same perspective (from the steps of the Brooklyn City/Borough Hall) from November of 2004. A sliver of the Post Office tower in the 1906 view can be seen behind the Brooklyn Eagle Building tower. (Please excuse the dark foreground - long, hard shadows are sometimes unavoidable in later months of the year.)

Inch by inch

On the full size pic the window washer seems to be pulling himself up past the third floor using some kind of pulley system. On the same bank building located left of center I see a person or a gargoyle blocking a letter of the bank sign at the 7th floor level.

Don't let go of that rope!

I wonder what this fellow could be hauling up? Is he standing on the load or is this only one visible end of a window washing scaffold? Is that his white bucket on the window sill just above and to the left? Oops! Look out below!
Always something interesting to see in views like these!
Thanks Shorpy...

 
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