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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

High Times: 1908

High Times: 1908

Manhattan circa 1908. "New York Times building." Now playing at the Astor: "Paid in Full." 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

The new uptown New York Times building

Correct me if I am wrong.. Previous to this picture All the big daily news papers were clustered downtown at Park Row near the battery.

It was a brave move for the NYT to move uptown but they had a strategy. Hidden inside that tall building were the presses for printing and assembling the paper. They ran vertically almost to the height of the building. The paper came out underground in the large 42nd street subway station where most of the trains in the city converged. Hot off the presses it was loaded onto subway cars and sent all over the city before the sunup.

The Times is still being published today,...but for how long?

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The New York Times building is now known as One Times Square. It's only tenant is a Walgreen's store on the ground floor; the rest of the building is a platform for a series of billboards. It's one of the most recognizable (and valuable) advertising spaces in the world.

It's also where the ball drops on New Years Eve - the ball has a permanent home on the roof.

Great White Hunter

I wonder what the "Great White Hunter" with his pith helmet is after. At the far left of the frame.

[He's a street sweeper. -tterrace]

Complex

The street car track crossings pose a complex enginineering task for the cable movements. And, assuming one track is superior and highest, the other would have its car lifting its cable clamp when making a cross over. Perhaps the helmeted police are involved when two cars approach an intersection.

[By this time Manhattan's trolleys were electric; the slots accessed underground power conduits. -tterrace]

Not that well paid

'Paid in Full' ran for only 167 performances between April 25th 1908 and July of that year, it starred Lillian Albertson, (1881-1962) who later appeared in the film 'The Greatest Show on Earth' playing James Stewart's (Button the Clown) mother.
The theatre itself was built in 1906 and was converted to a cinema in 1925, it was closed in 1972 and demolished in 1982.

 
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