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Metropolis: 1910

Metropolis: 1910

New York and the East River circa 1910. "Looking east from the Singer Tower." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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A glimpse of the elevated rail line on Pearl Street.

Brand spanking new!

Standing tall in the middle of Brooklyn is the Ship Martyr's Memorial, in Fort Greene. I used to pass this obscure object all the time. several years ago this extrememly out of place memorial piqued my curiosity and I had to do a little research. Around the time of the revolution people were detained in nearby ships for "crimes" such as not pledging allegiance to the king. It was built in 1908 and magnificently stands over one of the ugliest sections of Brooklyn. Considering that I doubt even one percent of the people who see it daily, are aware of it's significance, I'm surprised it still stands!

Fletcher's Castoria

The number of advertisements for Fletcher's Castoria between the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges is amazing. Talk about saturation marketing.


And not an air conditioning unit in sight.

Rogers & Pyatt Shellac

Upper rt corner on the NY side ... out of business three years later.

["Shellac in Receiver's Hands" -- sounds messy. - Dave]


In this beautifully busy picture we have the three Lower Manhattan bridges, From south to north or from the bottom of the photo to the top we have The Brooklyn Bridge (opened 1883), The Manhattan Bridge (opened 1909) and The Williamsburg Bridge (opened 1903). An NYC Tour Guide once told me that the easiest way to remember the order of the 3 Bridges is to think of the luxury automobile brand, BMW.

Cosgrove's Detective Agency

Somehow I hope that was red neon at night:



There's always another one

The traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge, and some previous pictures, showing streetcars less than a block apart, lends credence to the old saying "Never chase girlfriends or streetcars, there's always another one coming right along." Not so true with today's bus systems.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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