Friday, January 25, 2013

Busy Street


We wrap the week up with this picture of a busy street in New York City. The picture was taken in 1905. It is interesting that not a single automobile can be seen, and in a few short years, the horses and carriages would be almost completely gone. This just serves as a reminder of how quickly things can change.

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  1. I like that ivy covered wall on the back side, left center of the photo.

    What a mess, how do people on foot get across the streets without any traffic lights? Do they just make a mad dash for it? And those ladies in their finery, they aren't going to try a run across streets.

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  2. Thanks for another fascinating photo, PJM. I love the ladies in their big hats and long dresses and the men in their bowlers. I wondered which ivy- covered church that could be in the background? I hope that little dog got out of the road safely! It makes one wonder what our transportation will be like in another 100 years.
    -Anne K.

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  3. So with that many horses on the streets all the time, how do they keep it cleaned up? Are there people running around with shovels to clean the mess, or did it just get ground into the street and become part of the hard pack? I think those ladies probably wouldn't be walking around in their finery if it was nasty!

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    1. That was someones job to scoop up all of the horse do-do. They walked around pushing cans that were mounted on wheels, they scooped it all up and when their can was full, they put it in the back of a horse drawn cart to be hauled out of the city.
      There was tons of it and it became a problem of what to do with all of it.

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  4. In the late 40's, the only transportation we had was a wagon & a team, witch was an old mule & a young horse. They worked very well together, plowing & such. On Saturday afternoons, we would go into town, Mama to shop, we kids to see a picture show, (Western). There was a special place behind the stores for parking. Every once in a while, we'd go visit my aunt & uncle over in the next town. This would take around a couple of hours to get there. I was still to young to be embarrassed, but this was just after the war & a lot of people were in the same financial shape we were.

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  5. Love that picture! It almost looks like a movie set.

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  6. I rest my case. Horses and a traffic (horse)jam!JB

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  7. Great photo, so much to look at!

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  8. What a truely amazing moment captured on camera. Fabulous picture, so interesting with so much going on, you almost feel like your there if you stare long enough :)

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  9. Can anyone identify where it was taken? I tried to enlarge the street sign, but it was too fuzzy to read.

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