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Marble Collegiate: 1907

Marble Collegiate: 1907

October 1907. "Marble Collegiate Church, Fifth Avenue, New York." Be there at 11 Sunday morning on Oct. 6 (today!) for Dr. Burwell's sermon, "The King's Outriders." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

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Not intact for long

The Bancroft Building, seen behind the church in the original photo and the Google view below, is being demolished now.

Newfangled Suchandsuch

You can tell by the glare the coachman in front of the church is giving to the horseless carriage zooming by, he knows his days are numbered.

Think Positive

Norman Vincent Peale was the pastor of this church for 52 years, 1932 to 1984. He was most famous for his book "The Power of Positive Thinking."

Stripped for action

No such thing as a new idea: Your electric car will run longer on a charge if you can shed some weight, like the seats, the fenders, the windows ...

Is it a drag race?

I'm curious about the two vehicles at the bottom center of the photo. They look like two unfinished truck chassis being driven by two well dressed men. The guy on the right has a bowler, and the one on the left possibly a top hat. Any ID on the vehicles?

Please curb your outriders

Has something disgusting been censored here? Was it a comment on the Doctor's sermon? Judging by the horse's posture and the blur of the ubiquitous street sweeper, my guess is the curbside critic got a little carried away with his metaphors.

[It's an Acme portable hole. Quite useful for street-cleaning. - Dave]


Nice to see church and surrounding buildings still standing.

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