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A New Angle: 1903

A New Angle: 1903

New York circa 1903. "The Flatiron Building." Where, as we like to say, there are three sides to every story. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Watch Out!

Looks like the pedestrian was king in those days, or else they couldn't see the crosswalks in the snow. People crossing everywhere, watch out for those wagons and trolleys!

[There's no snow (or crosswalks, either) in this photo. - Dave]

Never Gets Old

As a born and bred New Yorker, I have seen countless images of this building from every conceivable angle, but I think this is one of the most beautiful buildings ever constructed; the way it "fits" into the street grid, its graceful lines -- just marvelous!

Dizzy

My head is spinning from viewing the flow of traffic in this photo. From the streetcars on Broadway travelling down the left side, to the horse carts in every direction, to the jaywlaking pedestrians -- while the streetsweepers do their best in the chaos.

White Wing & Electric Cab

Right front and center there is a Whitewing doing his street sweeping duties next to an Electric Carriage and Wagon Company electric taxi.

 
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