Assembly of the Carnegie Diplodocus replica at Musée d’histoire naturelle in Paris, France. The original is at The Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh. Hence the name. 1908.

New York Sun Building. 170 Nassau Street. The New York Sun newspaper was at this location from circa 1868 until the building’s destruction in 1916. It was previously the headquarters of Tammany Hall.

Sigismind Frankashasy.

Yes, that’s his name.

Edmund Russell, famous THESPIAN and AESTHETE, just hangin’ out in his throne room. 

During the height of “the aesthetic craze,” while Oscar Wilde was hailed as “the high priest” in England, Edmund Russell resolved to become “the high priest” in America. He gave lessons in deportment, teaching people how to sit down and stand up in an aesthetic manner. He was taken up by smart society, and became a fashionable fad. But he sighed for new worlds to conquer, so announced an appearance at Wallack’s Theatre. He was to be an aesthetic Hamlet! When the star appeared, the friends applauded and the foes hooted, but before long the whole house united in laughing outright, for Mr. Russell bent over and ripped his tights, at the same time almost losing his toupée! As a wag remarked at the time, Edmund Russell split more than “the ears of the groundlings!”

-From the article All Sorts of Hamlets: From the scholarly art of John Philip Kemble to the ripped sable hose of Edmund Russell by Harold Seton. Originally published in Theatre Magazine, Vol. 29, No. 7, 1919. p. 8.

High School Grads wearing $1 dresses. C.1908.

Original hustlers. Early 1900s.

Original hustlers. Early 1900s.

New York: Political Museums, Union Sq.

Miss Elsie Sigel (1889-1909), was the victim of a notorious murder at the age of 19 in New York City in 1909.

Sigel, who had been a missionary in Chinatown, was found strangled inside a trunk on 18 June 1909 in the apartment of the prime suspect, a Chinese man named “William” Leon Ling, a waiter in a Chinese restaurant. Sigel had been missing since the 9th of June, when she was last seen leaving her parents’ apartment to visit her grandmother.

Sigel’s mother taught a Chinese Sunday school class in St. Andrew’s Church at 127th Street and Fifth Avenue, while Sigel did missionary work at the Chinatown Rescue Settlement and Recreation Room, reaching out to “American, English, German, French, Hebrew, Italian, [and] Bohemian” girls who had gotten involved with drugs and prostitution. Four years prior to the murder, Leon had kept a chop suey restaurant on Amsterdam Avenue, close to the Sigel home, and Sigel and her mother had first met Leon there during missionary rounds of the local Chinese restaurants. During the murder investigation, 35 love letters signed by Sigel were found in Leon’s apartment, along with numerous letters from other women. It was speculated that the motive for murder might have been jealousy, as Chu Gain, manager of the Port Arthur Restaurant on Mott Street, was also found to be in possession of recent love letters from Sigel. Chu reported that he had recently received an anonymous letter threatening Sigel’s life if they did not cut off their relationship. Leon was never apprehended, and the murder remains unsolved.

Sigel’s murder gained widespread notoriety due to the inter-racial aspects of the relationship as well as the fame of her grandfather, Franz Sigel, who was a U.S. Civil War general. The murder set off a wave of anti-Chinese hysteria, as well as suggestions that the murder was Sigel’s own fault.

The Queensboro Bridge, also known as the 59th Street Bridge – because its Manhattan end is located between 59th and 60th Streets – and officially titled the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, is a cantilever bridge over the East River in New York City that was completed in 1909. It connects the neighborhood of Long Island City in the borough of Queens with Manhattan, passing over Roosevelt Island. It carries New York State Route 25 and is the westernmost of the four East River spans that carry a route number: NY 25 terminates at the west (Manhattan) side of the bridge, which once carried NY 24 and NY 25A as well. The bridge is flanked on its northern side by the freestanding Roosevelt Island Tramway.

Manhattan Bridge from Brooklyn. March, 1909.

Immigrants, Ellis Island. C.1905.

"Giant". C.1908. 

New York: Toy Show, Madison Sq. Garden. 1908.

The New Theatre (later: Century Theatre) on Central Park West in New York City, taken from the southeast. Construction 1908-1909.