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Rubberneck Auto: 1911

Rubberneck Auto: 1911

New York circa 1911. "Grant's Tomb. Rubber-neck auto on Riverside Drive." To your left, General Grant. To your right, the Inter-Net. View full size.


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Solid Mausoleum

An overlooked treasure. Visiting Grant's Tomb is one of my strongest memories of Manhattan. Siting the monument in Riverside Park was controversial at the time: from a previous panorama.

The New Century Book of Facts, 1909.

Book IX: Fine Arts.

Grant's Tomb, New York City.

Grant's Tomb, New York.…A huge and solid mausoleum of white granite erected near the north end of Riverside Drive, between the years 1891 and 1897 from designs by J. H. Duncan, and at a cost of $600,000. The lower story, 90 feet square, is in the Doric style; while the cupola, borne on Ionic columns, attains a total height of 150 feet. The interior is arranged similarly to the tomb of Napoleon at the Hotel des Invalides in Paris. In an open crypt below the center of the dome the bodies of General Grant and his wife rest side by side in sarcophagi of red porphyry. Bas-reliefs on the pendentives of the dome are emblematic, of events in Grant's life and were made by J. Massey Rhind.

Self Defense

As the bus has been moving at the breakneck speed of 25 (gasp) MPH, the gent has obviously removed his boater to prevent loss. The ladies of course are equipped with hatpins.

Solid Rubber Tires

The hard rubber tires on this truck, combined with the cobblestone paving common in this era, must have made for a bone jarring ride!

Fifth Avenue Coach Company

The bus is one of a series of 20 French DeDion Bouton chassis' bought in c1910/11 by the Fifth Avenue Coach Company, with bodies built by Fulton and Walker of Philadelphia to a modified London General Omnibus Company design. One of the series was previously posted on Shorpy.

Big enough for both of them

Doesn't matter on which side of him his wife is sitting, her/their hats are certainly large enough for both of them....

"Isn't this exciting Harry, and next we go to the Opera..."

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OK, I'll have a shot at it, cliched as it is.

That poor man doesn't have a hat, and in the presence of Ladies (presumably), wonder if he was arrested on morals charges after the tour?

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