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Subway Uptown: 1905

Subway Uptown: 1905

Circa 1905. "Subway entrance and exit kiosks, East 23rd Street, New York City." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Meyrowitz Luxor Goggles

E.B. Meyrowitz Luxor Goggles:

Lost and Lamented Street Furniture

Along with ornate horse fountains, most decorative lamp posts, and the Paris pissoirs, these kiosks are no more. That loss has diminished the dignity of quotidian activities substantially.

Fourth Avenue

At the time this photo was taken, what is now Park Avenue South was called Fourth Avenue. This building still has the signs with both street names.

Fourth Avenue was renamed Park Avenue South in 1959, per this recent NYT article:

Park Avenue corner

Initially I assumed this was the intersection of 23rd Sreet & Broadway. But this is actually the SE corner of 23rd & Park Avenue. A Google street view confirms the same building which is 295 Park Avenue South.

Meyrowitz still in business

E.B. Meyrowitz is still in business, though perhaps not at this address. It will also be another 44 years before spray paint cans come into use, so with the subway only a year old, there may not have been an grafitti yet.

Funk & Wagnalls

I don't see the front porch with a mayonnaise jar.

Building on the right

Now I know where all of the old encyclopedias in Grandma's basement came from.

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