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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • TAKE A KODAK, c. 1930s

Manhattan Bridge: 1910

Manhattan Bridge: 1910

New York circa 1910. "Manhattan Bridge and East River from Brooklyn." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Dumbo

That whole area along the river in Dumbo is a park now. Great place to skip stones on the river.

The King of Coal

Just when you think your coal pier is of a workable size along comes good 'ol John Schmadeke and ups the ante, is twice as big and has the sign to prove it.

Interesting contrast

Three years earlier, when the bridge was still being built, Catharine Ferry was still operating and the Carsten Coal Company occupied the spot where now John F. Schmadeke sells "coal for tugs":

 
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