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Box Office: 1899

Box Office: 1899

        The Penfield Box Co. at 21 Gold Street.

Circa 1893-1899. "Doorways to two businesses, New York City." Tuesday at the Terrace Garden: the French Students' bal masque. Glass negative by Robert L. Bracklow. View full size.

 

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1893?

The New York Times of February 7, 1893 announces "The French Ball," so I vote for 1893.

Is this the Gold Street in the DUMBO area where, on the morning of November 20, 1908, "hell opened wide its gates onto Gold Street"? Or is this perhaps the Gold Street in Lower Manhattan?

[The ball advertised in the photo was given Feb. 21 at the Terrace Garden, not Feb. 6 at Madison Square Garden, so it's not the same event, or even the same year. These French masquerade balls were held every February as a sort of New York version of Mardi Gras. - Dave]

1893

is probably the right date as February 21st for that year was on a Tuesday.

So it's got to be close to that date as I would imagine that paper flyer would have weathered away in a year or two.

[February 21 was a Tuesday in both 1893 and 1899. - Dave]

You know, on Washington's Birthday Eve

Everybody knows when that is.

Designated doors

That's Frank's door on the right.

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