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Chinese Tuxedo: 1901

Chinese Tuxedo: 1901

Circa 1901, continuing our tour of New York. "Doyers Street, Chinatown." A wholesome neighborhood where milk can be purchased "by the glass." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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1907 or 1912

The Sloane poster on the wall to the right of the photograph says that a matinee will be held at 1 pm on Saturday, October 19. According to the perpetual calendar at, October 19 only fell on a Saturday in 1907 and 1912, during the probable time period of the photograph.

Please see a detailed analysis of this photograph at We featured it as a photo quiz on our forensic genealogy website.

Colleen Fitzpatrick
Forensic Genealogy

[October 19 also fell on a Saturday in 1901, which is the year the photo was taken. - Dave]

Eerie similarity

To the spectral dogs in Francis Bacon's paintings.

Another magnificent photo

Where do you find these? There must be a treasure trove of images you haven't shown us yet!

I particularly love the items in this shot that connect the booming metropolis of today with its more agricultural and haphazard past. Horse carts and horse turds and big milk cans - the countryside is not that far away, just a train ride away into a landscape not yet suburbanized. Is that blurry low-slung four-legged creature a fat hairless dog, or a pig?

The three-story wood-fronted beer joint is also a delight. That building could have been standing since the heyday of the Five Points (which was only two blocks away).

Tong Wars

You kid about the "wholesomeness." This is, of course, the infamous Bloody Angle.

Inside the Tux

Chinese Tuxedo, No. 2 Doyers St.

"Acting" Cool!

From left to right, the men in bowlers remind me of actors Marty Feldman, Claude Rains and Charlie Chaplin!

And Now

From cool to bleh.

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