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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Memorial Lamppost: 1909

Memorial Lamppost: 1909

Circa 1909. "Henry Hudson Monument, Riverside Drive, New York." Memorial to the ill-fated discoverer of the Hudson River, Hudson Bay and electric streetlight. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Do They Really Swim In The Hudson River?

No, but the section between Lower Manhattan and New Jersey has been known to develop exposed film plates that were dipped in it.

Sea horses?

Do they really swim in the Hudson River?

Glorious

No expense spared on this monument, as only NY can do.

Memories of Junior High 141

"The Monument," as we called in back in the 60s, was the primary bus stop for us junior high students at Riverdale Junior High 141. Every day, arriving and leaving, we caught the #10 bus at the monument. I still pity the poor city bus drivers who had to put up with hordes of 13, 14 and 15 year old kids. Oh, and we had to walk a few blocks from and to school to get to the monument bus stop. Imagine that.

Lincoln, The Car and The Man

A writer I knew had written a book with the above title. He had a tough time trying to get it published. He didn't give up he wrote another, "Hudson and his Automobile". He was also having trouble with the publishers with this one. On his way to the offices of a small but adventurous publishing house, he was struck by a car and killed. The offending vehicle was a Henry J.

Are bad drivers relevant? Yes, doubly so.

While the circle in which the monument stood is still there at Riverside Drive and 72nd Street, the lamppost, er, monument is long gone, having been knocked down by a truck in the 1950's. By then it was merely an afterthought, as in 1938 the city had dedicated a huge new Hudson monument in the Bronx. It features a 17-foot-high statue of Henry Hudson atop a 100-foot.

Errant motor vehicles actually are relevant in two contexts. The Bronx monument originally was supposed to have been completed decades earlier but had been delayed both by fundraising issues and by the 1915 demise of the sculptor, Karl Bitter, run over by a car as he left the Metropolitan Opera.

 
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