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Coming Soon: 1903

Coming Soon: 1903

New York circa 1903. "Detroit Photographic Company, 229 Fifth Avenue." As Paul Harvey used to say, "And now for the rest of the story" -- a more expansive view of the building seen in our previous post, answering the question of what the General was up to. Detroit Publishing Company glass negative. View full size.

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Perilous climb

How did the ladies gracefully make it to the top of that coach?

Faux Fire

The one on the right is a chimney. The one on the left is symmetrical brickwork to balance that gorgeous chimney. Only fire it experienced was in its architect's imagination.

I just wish they had kept that New Amsterdam style building. Between the tile and the brickwork, and the ironwork, it is the prettiest thing on the block.

The Hotel Brunswick is nothing special. That we lost it is no big deal. But that faux chimney building was a treasure.


This photograph is a wondrous time machine.

It puts you right there on the street in 1903.

On the right is the north end of Madison Square; the view is looking southeast. This picture was probably taken from the top of a stoop.


How did they get a window in the chimney? I've never seen anything like it.

Madison Square Park in the distance

The Flatiron Building (completed in 1902) would be located just past the park, just beyond the right edge of the photograph. Also, today's Museum of Sex is on the NE corner, just inside the iron fence area.

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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