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The Flat-Iron: 1903

The Flat-Iron: 1903

New York circa 1903. "Flat-Iron Building, Fifth Avenue and Broadway." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

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Taxi

The car in question is a Hansom cab built by The Electric Carriage and Wagon Company for use in New York City. They were a failure as they were very costly to maintain. They were replaced by a fleet of French Darracq gasoline autos that proved to be more practical.

Automobile?

Any idea what type of automobile that is on the far right?

Startling

Seeing the building today, it still stands out as something special. Seeing it in the context of yesteryear and its surroundings is just startling. Truly an icon.

Equitable Life Assurance Society

Sign on the third floor reads (with assistance of a magnifying glass): Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States will occupy this entire floor Oct lst 1902.

+103

Below is the same view from April of 2006.

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