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Eleventh Avenue Freight: 1911

Eleventh Avenue Freight: 1911

Mounted flagman and freight. Another circa 1911 view of the Eleventh Avenue rail line in New York near West 26th Street. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection. The light spot at the top is from deterioration of the emulsion.



"It's the Uneeda Biscuit made the people wanna go, wanna go, wanna get up and go!" Uneeda Biscuit, first packaged biscuit produced. One of the first mass produced consumer items in America.

Street sweeper

I like the street sweeper in the background. He looks like the man on the Bullwinkle cartoons.

Uneeda Biscuit

I love the sign on that building. I need a biscuit...

11th Ave.

I enjoy these daily visits to the past immensely, they give me the perspective I need in my daily life.

Death Avenue

Well ... Eleventh Avenue was called Death Avenue...!!!
"2000 killed in 10 years", the New York Times wrote on May 4, 1911!!! Because of the New York Central freight railroad which was using the Eleventh Avenue!!! I guess the mounted flag man is the direct consequence of such a dangerous avenue!! Thank you for these great documents!!! I appreciate also the cable car of the first avenue in Little Italy!
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[Also known as !!th Avenue. - Dave]

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