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

Park Row: 1912

Park Row: 1912

The Park Row Building circa 1912. View full size. For nine years this 1899 tower, at 391 feet, was the tallest in New York. Read more here and here.

 

re: Peepers

Well, I know it's bad form to reply to your own posts, but just call me devil-may-care.

At any rate, The Films of Paul Morrissey, by Maurice Yacowar, Cambridge University Press, 1993 page 13, states that "An ancestor [of Morrisey's] founded the Drummond Detective Agency, which was a forerunner of the Secret Service in Lincoln's day, and which provided the model for the fictional Bulldog Drummond."

I did not know that. Isn't Google swell? But, alas, I can't seem to find any other documentation of this claim. In my family, we're related to Nathan Hale, Jesse James and the Cherokee Nation. But I can't find any documentation for that, either....

Any Shorpyites out there got the dope on this?

Peepers

Wow! Is that Bulldog Drummond (he inquired disingenuously)?

I walk by this building...

I walk by this building every day going to work. Just as beautiful now as it was then. Architects in New York need to look to the past for ideas versus the colorless cinderblocks popping up all over the city.

Why does Drummonds Detective

Why does Drummonds Detective Agency have "Sewer Pipe" etched halfway up?

[Because there's more than one tenant in the building. - Dave]

 
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