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42nd at Park: 1906

42nd at Park: 1906

New York circa 1906. "42nd Street at Park Avenue, looking west." With the Hotel Belmont at left, Grand Central Station at right, the Hotel Manhattan center stage and New York Times building in the distance. A tableau last glimpsed here. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

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A metal rod called a switch iron

No, no one told me what it is; I just know these things. In the previous 1906 photograph, you can clearly see the man using it. The same man, with a newspaper in his coat pocket is still standing in the same spot in today's photograph; but he's not leaning on it and a pedestrian is blocking the view of him holding it. Another pedestrian, apparently, cannot wait for the next streetcar.

Jaywalker

I hadn't thought about it but I realize, looking at this photo, that the notion of a "crosswalk" really is a modern invention; there was no particular reason for such a thing before the streets became clogged with cars.

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