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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Cathedral Parkway: 1905

Cathedral Parkway: 1905

New York City circa 1905. "110th Street 'L' (elevated) station." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

A Long Train.

It seems like a long subway train extending to the left around the curve above the street.

How nice and broad the streets look free of automobiles and their accouterments. As mentioned, horses and their offerings are not so pleasant, either.

When I was young there were still many horses on milk, bread and coal wagons, a lantern hung on the rear axle. Ice for the icebox came by truck. Don't miss the horses, nor the ice.

Steamrollers would chuff by from time to time, a locomotive in the streets.

Thank you for yet another great photo.

Suicide Curve

The elevated is long gone. The left curve onto 9th Avenue in the background was known as Suicide Curve.

Dead Man's Curve

Seems that this was a notoriously dangerous place. Check out this article from the NY Times.

Cleansers & Dyer

New York City now has Dry Cleaners not Cleansers. The Cleansers are now in New England, Boston in particular.

Business Traffic Prohibited

But horses doing their "business" are okay.

Got Malted Milk?

Nothing beats it to wash down NaBisCo products.

 
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