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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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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.

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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.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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