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Chinese Opera House: 1908

Chinese Opera House: 1908

New York, 1908. "The Chinese Opera House." 5-7 Doyers Street. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Street, meet sidewalk

Looks like either the street has grown taller over the years or the sidewalk has been replaced by one that's shorter. Comparing the bottom of that sewer pipe, I'd say the street has gotten thicker.

Chinese Opera House

This is 5 Doyers Street between the Bowery and Pell Street, right along the Bloody Angle. Here’s a current view of the site.

5-7 Doyers, the former Opera House, is now CC Fashion. Click to enlarge.

[Fascinating. A hundred years later the bottom section of that cast-iron drainpipe is still there. - Dave]

Gritty Texture

Fans of gritty texture and realer-than-real detail should immediately go to the large view. Great study.

[Also note the two women in the window. - Dave]

 
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