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Temple of Transport: 1910

Temple of Transport: 1910

Circa 1910. "Bird's-eye view of Penn Station, New York City." Also a bird's-eye view of someone's underwear and diapers. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

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4 Stack Obsession

I'm a long time browser of the site.... so first THANK YOU. This picture and trying to identify the four stack liner has me obsessed with solving the riddle. I'll update if and when I have some success!

Befuddling funnel riddle (almost) solved

@Timz: I would say that based on your comment, you helped me identify those four funnels as belonging to one of the fast Cunarders. I've been staring at grainy enlargements of the area and still can't positively say which one of the two it might be. Those things are important, you know!

Pier 59

"If the nearer 4-stacker is, however, the White Star liner "RMS Olympic", she'd be docked at Pier 59..."

Pier 59 was at 18th St, wasn't it? That liner isn't at the foot of 18th St-- the tower just left of it is atop DL&W's Hoboken Terminal, and you can draw a straight line from the camera position to the tower that was rebuilt in the same position a few years ago. The liner looks to be at Pier 56, at 14th St.

I'm guessing Pier 59 is the one just right of the Hudson County Courthouse-- the second pier right of that dark square churchtower just right of the four-stack liner.

Ca. 1910 or June, 1911 perhaps?

I just love these types of photos, so much rich detail and near-endless entertainment to the curious eye. In the left upper corner I see a few sets of 4 funnels belonging to some of the contemporary ocean liners. If the photo was indeed taken in 1910, the bigger one nearer to us on the Manhattan side would have to be either the "RMS Mauretania" or "RMS Lusitania", the only 4-funneled ocean liners at that time whose smoke stacks were spaced evenly. Further off in the distance, on the other side of the river in Hoboken, are 4 funnels spaced in pairs of 2-2, indicating a German express liner, possibly one of the bigger ones, like North German Lloyd's "Kaiser Wilhelm II" or "Kronprinzessin Cecilie". If the nearer 4-stacker is, however, the White Star liner "RMS Olympic", she'd be docked at Pier 59 and the earliest this photo could have been taken would be June 21st of 1911, the first time the "Olympic" was in NYC after her maiden voyage. However, the funnel proportions and some barely visible deck structures make me think it's the "Mauretania".

Cleaning the Water Tank?

Looks like two girls with ladders and a chair, perhaps a broom or pole ... would they be cleaning the open tank or checking water depth?

Caught Napping

The original "roofie."

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