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Union League: 1906

Union League: 1906

New York circa 1906. "Union League Club, Fifth Avenue and West 39th Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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A big step up from the YMCA.

What a load!

That horse manure was actually gathered and sold to farmers who came to the public market.

Why go back to the farm with an empty wagon after you've sold your produce?

You can find it in Thomas Devoe's: Market Assistant.

Devoe was Superintendent of Markets in NYC in 1881.

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Fifth Avenue address divide

The Union League was on the east side of Fifth Avenue and thus on the corner of EAST 39th Street. The photo was taken from West 39th - Fifth Avenue is the dividing line between the East and West streets...

Big Sky Country

Back when buildings were still on a more human scale, even Midtown Manhattan was Big Sky Country.

Sadly, this gem burned down in 1932. Today, the site is occupied by a tall glass box. Sic Transit Gloria Mundi.

Horse manure!

It's estimated that each horse produced 15-30 pounds of manure per day. Remember, the horse population in New York City was about 170,000 in the 1880s. That means there were 3-4 million pounds of manure piling onto city streets each day.

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