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

Bridge of Sighs: 1905

Bridge of Sighs: 1905

New York City circa 1905. "Bridge of Sighs." Named after a similar span in Venice, this covered passage connected the Tombs prison and Manhattan Criminal Courts building. 8x10 dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Country Cousin

Indeed, as a DanV notes, the ladies over on the right are attracting some attention. But what about that poor woman standing in the middle of the road? No one's paying her any mind, yet there she is, transfixed, rooted to the spot, as the coach and horses bear down on her. She's a simple soul, bewildered by the sights and sounds of the big city. Only one man stands between that woman and a ghastly trampled death, and that's our hero in the foreground, with his back to us. But has he grasped the full urgency of the situation? He needs to move faster. Will he make it in time??

Fat people

In this street scene, I can see no morbidly obese people. I don't think I could say that about the same scene taken today

Needs Patching

You can see the first layer of asphalt covering the cobblestone on the corner there. Probably many more to follow.

Checkin' out the Ladiezz

Only a few women in this picture, and the group on the lower right is drawing some attention. Note the guy crossing the sidewalk, head snapped to the left. And the fellow leaning on the rail, idly gazing over that way. And the one on the walk parallel to the group may be sneaking a sidelong glance, too. I guess guys never change.

Thanks for posting

I've seen pictures of this before, but never with such a lot of teeming life on the street just beneath. Imagine being taken back and forth between the cells and the courts with all this just below your feet !

Bowler Alley

And they say blue jeans are the national uniform!

No Birds

It's amazing not seeing pigeon! How things have changed.

J. Mark Gooch
Birmingham, Alabama (Shorpy's Home)

www.markgooch.com

 
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