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Urban Stagecoach: 1906

Urban Stagecoach: 1906

Circa 1906. "A Fifth Avenue stage, New York." Where even the horses have hats. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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It looks as though the clevis pin fell out of the brake linkage beneath the vehicle.


The coach is heading south on Fifth Avenue. The intersection is at 52nd Street and 650 Fifth Avenue is on the southeast corner of 52nd Street and Fifth Avenue.

[The intersection is 46th Street. The Windsor Arcade (see link in earlier comment) took up the block between 46th and 47th Streets. The address on the store at right is 561 Fifth Ave. -tterrace]


Behind the coach there is a wonderfully ornate low-rise building with "Steinway" on the windows, yet I can find no reference to there ever being a Steinway piano showroom at this Fifth Avenue location. A little mystery. Anybody?

[The building is the Windsor Arcade -tterrace]

What a pretty pair of young greys!

With dappling that strong and no noticeable whitening, I'd judge them as only three or four years old.

St. Patrick's Cathedral

This photo is looking NNE. The two-spired church on the left side of the image is St. Pat's. The cathedral is the only structure remaining today in this view.

How in the world

Did the ladies get up on top?

Where is everybody?

What I find remarkable in virtually all of these city photos taken during the first decade of the 20th century, whether in Manhattan, or some Midwest city like Milwaukee, is the dearth of people in the background. Some photos of course are filled with people, but still nothing like the teeming crowds seen today. Fifth Avenue at what looks like 45th Street or so with no people is unthinkable.

All Gone now

Fifth Ave and 46th Street.

All the 5th Ave mansions are gone from midtown- their lives were very short, even by NYC standards. The progressive income tax did a lot of them in.

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