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Fifth Avenue and 77th Street in New York City, winter 1905-06. On record as of 1911, this was the residence of William A. Clark, former U.S. senator. 5x7 glass plate negative, John Bond Trevor Sr. collection. View full size.
For alternate views, see the following records at http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/
Collection Guide: Photographic Views of New York City, 1870s-1970s
Digital Image IDs: 709145F & 709146F
Digital Record IDs: 398936 & 398937
Erie 0-8-8-0 Camelback locomotive at Port Jervis, N.Y., in 1911. The camelback design was unique in that the engineer sat in the tiny cab alongside the boiler, while the fireman worked at the usual spot behind the boiler. One of the main disadvantages was the obvious communication problem between engineer and the rest of the train crew while the engine was in operation. The Erie camelback mallets didn't last long, but smaller camelback locomotives survived well into the 1950's on roads like the Jersey Central. View full size.