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New York Squared: 1903

New York Squared: 1903

Circa 1903. "Herald Square, New York." With Times Square in the distance, and the New York Times building going up at center. Other landmarks include Macy's, the New York Herald newspaper building, Sixth Avenue elevated tracks and Hotel Astor. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Cable cars

How long did they have a cable car system? I had never heard of it before.

[There were no longer any cable trolleys in Manhattan at this time. The center slot provides access to an electrical conduit. -tterrace]

Watch out!

The 1903 equivalent of texting while walking. Reading while walking.

Next Stop

The next stop on the Northbound 6th Ave EL appears to be 38th Street However after I Wiki'd it, I have decided that that it was 42nd St as the 38th Street Station didn't open until 1913. That fabled line was torn down around 1940 and the steel was supposed to have been sold to the Japanese.

Absolutely Fireproof

Thanks to our asbestos carpets and bed linens.

What's the point of wearing Pearls

If no one can detect them?

As was the popular style

Lots of swells in Herald Square on this fine day.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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