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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

The Blizzard of '08

The Blizzard of '08

January 1908. "Snow storm, 14th Street, New York City." View full size. Glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. Lots of interesting signs in this one.

 

Location

Is this where Zeckendorf towers are now?

Jan. 23-24, 1908

This appears to be snow that fell around the 23rd and 24th of January, 1908.

There's another photo here

And here's an account of some of the mayhem caused by the snow.

Academy of Music

The Academy of Music is seen in the background at the northeast corner of East 14th and Irving Place. Demolished in 1926, it was rebuilt just across 14th Street.

Misfit?

One of the signs in the back reads "Misfit". Was that a bar or some other business?

105 E. 14th St. - Winterroth Piano

Winterroth & Co., 105 E. 14th St., New York; Est. 1885

More on Mr. Winterroth here and here.

So this would be looking east on the north side of 14th Street, on the east side of Union Square.

 
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