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Acorn Musee: 1909

Acorn Musee: 1909

New York, 1909. "Political museums, Union Square." Two dueling exhibits, one mounted by the Committee of 100 against the Tammany Hall political machine, and the other a counter-exhibit staged by Tammany partisans. The particulars here are enough to make your eyes glaze over, although I was happy to see that someone fixed a misplaced apostrophe in the banner on the right. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

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Victor Flechter at 23 Union Square had quite the reputation as a doubtful purveyor of musical items.

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What's the significance of "Acorn Musee?" Was the acorn a symbol of Tammany Hall? I thought it was the tiger.

[The Colonial Order of the Acorn, which organized the exhibit, was a fraternal organization similar to the Shriners. - Dave]

The more things change...

The politics here are fascinating. The signs upstairs for the Single Tax League show the diversity of ideas. Learning about political machines in high school history was not the most exciting topic, but being able to see it as the people of the time saw it is entirely different.

The different storefronts are also of interest. Ivy Corsets anyone?

The clarity of this picture is impressive compared to some of its contemporaries.

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This street, Union Square West, is shown in the Shorpy post "Winter Wonderland." An extension of Broadway running from 14th to 17th, it's on the west side of Union Square Park. No. 29 (Citizens' Exhibit), at the corner of 16th, is now the Coffee House, a bistro very popular with the younger crowd. The other corner to the south is the Blue Water Grill, in a former bank on the corner of 15th Street. There are several other storefronts between them.

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