Saturday, May 9, 2015

Dec 1902, New York news stand

This photo shows the entrance to the 6th Ave. elevates "L" train,
  on the corner of 23rd St.
Six months of Internet detective work eventually helped me unveil the black and white curtain off of this New York street scene wich had not been seen in colors since Dec 1902.

Observation nots:
A) The two boys on the both sids of the news stand are most likely paper boys
helping the magazine man standing in the middle.
B) Organizing magazines by putting the same copy on top of each other was not don in those days.
Copies of the same magazines can be found all over the place.
C) It's day time and the lights are on. 

This station officially opened on June 1878.
The original captions under this photo read:
 "A characteristic sidewalk newsstand."
Detroit Publishing glass negative.
Taken from the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
This wonderful photo appeared originally in "Shorpy" my favorite historical photo site!

Here is the same location, 1903
Most likely taken from the opposite side of 23rd St.

A look east from the 6th Ave elevated  "L"station towards 23rd st.
On the right side of this photo appears the dry goods company building of, James McCreery & Co. at 64 West 23rd Street. It also appears in the back ground of the 1902 news stand photo.

The James McCreery & Co building in a 1905 postcard.

A view of the 1903, 6th Ave. elevated "L" train in the proximity of 19th St. looking north.
You can even see the 23rd St. station in the distance.

The 23rd St. station closed permanently on Dec 4th 1938.
During 1939 this was the scene along Sixth Ave as the El was torn down. 
The iron and steel was sold to Japan.

Here is a Martin Lewis illustration of the 23rd St. station named:
  "Snow on the 'El'"

Here are the magazines I found during the colorization of this photo:

This is the Dec 1902 cover illustration for "The Bookman" magazine
by: Francis X. Leyendeker

Another Francis X. Leyendeker cover.


The "Argosy" magazine in the photo is the Jan. issue.
I found the July issue.

I found these two magazines as reference to my colorization but... 
I did not find the correct issue.

franc Hals
The Laughing Cavalier 1624

New York antique bazaar july 2015

Jean-Baptiste Greuze
"A Child with an Apple" 
late 18th century.

Richard Caton Woodville
"All that was left of them"



  1. Replies
    1. Thank you!! I'm happy you find it good since this happen to be one project I really enjoyed working on.

  2. Amazing work, thank you for sharing all of this!