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NYC, 1900s

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  1. dirtymartini74

    July 18, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    Guess owning a hat store would have been a good choice back then.

  2. boondoggie42

    July 18, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    [Same spot today](https://www.google.com/maps/@40.7057323,-74.0111199,3a,75y,22.37h,88.62t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sJ6UjWNTfRpUyugxYTdXjfA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656)…

    OP photo colorized by u/mygrapefruit

    These are curb brokers on Broad Street. Around the 1900s it was common to trade stocks on the literal street: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curbstone_broker

    The curb brokers had been kicked out of the Mills Building front by 1907, and had moved to the pavement outside the Blair Building where cabbies lined up. There they were given a “little domain of asphalt” fenced off by the police on Broad Street between Exchange Place and Beaver Street, after Police Commissioner McAddo took office.[8] As of 1907, the curb market operated starting at 10’clock in the morning, each day except Sundays, until a gong at 3 o’clock. Orders for the purchase and sale of securities were shouted down from the windows of nearby brokerages, with the execution of the sale then shouted back up to the brokerage.[8]
    The noise caused by the curb market led to a number of attempts to shut it down.[1] In August 1907, for example, a Wall Street lawyer sent an open letter to the newspapers and the police commissioner, begging for the New York Curb Market on Broad Street to be immediately abolished as a public nuisance. He argued the curb exchange served “no legitimate or beneficial purpose” and was a “gambling institution, pure and simple.” He further cited laws relating to street use, arguing blocking the thoroughfare was illegal. The New York Times, reporting on the open letter, wrote that brokers informed of the letter “were not inclined to worry.” The article described “their present ground on the broad asphalt in front of 40 Broad Street, south of the Exchange Place, is the first haven of which they have had anything like indisputed possession.”

  3. phfft13

    July 18, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    Why even bother with sidewalks? It’s just a free-for-all in the streets!

  4. blushRedTail

    July 18, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    Still horse and buggy and yet they have that size of buildings ….

  5. cuthbertnibbles

    July 18, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    To think there are people alive today that saw this as a kid… Man would it be cool to see the insane jump technology has made. Two wars and a depression to come, the rise of the industrial revolution, computers, the internet. What a time to be alive!

    Then again, our futures will hopefully yeild even more, so that’s nice!

  6. RyvalHEX

    July 18, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    The size of the buildings looks so odd next to a street of walking people.

  7. LoveSecretSexGod

    July 18, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    I’m actually sitting in a building directly to the right of where this picture was taken. I walk up and down that this street twice a day. Things have changed quite a bit. The spot this was taken is now occupied by two giant automatic barricades, police, and bomb sniffing dogs and Starbucks.

    I think I like the way it was in this picture more.

    Edit: Decided to go downstairs. [NYC, 10 minutes ago](http://imgur.com/a/H6t8v)

  8. theantagonists

    July 18, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    I always like these colorized photos, but how do you know what the colors are supposed to be? Or is it artists choice?

  9. the_dove_from_above

    July 18, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    “Hey I’m walking here”

    -These people, probably

  10. zeroone

    July 18, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    I wonder if this is the same buffet: https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/c6d5d0ca-e064-54db-e040-e00a18063df6

    If so, then they moved slightly west to Broadway a few years later.

  11. PMmeYourNoodz

    July 18, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    i like how people imagine that everything then had muted colours, as if nothing had high saturation and was restricted to a limited palette.

  12. Spartan2470

    July 18, 2017 at 11:36 pm

  13. IGJoe2192

    July 18, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    Damn, Google even blurred out faces back then too.

  14. EquivalentExchanger

    July 18, 2017 at 11:36 pm

  15. citymadeofashes

    July 18, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    In this entire picture I could only find 6 people without hats on.

  16. LandMooseReject

    July 18, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    Is this when America was great?

  17. rlovelock

    July 18, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    1900’s? That’s a pretty long span. Early 1900’s?

    Edit: this was just a bad joke. I now understand that the first decade of the 1900’s goes by the same name.

  18. Burromyface

    July 18, 2017 at 11:36 pm

  19. ademnus

    July 18, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    I see dead people.

    Really screws with my mind these people are ALL dead. Still, this is such a wonderful picture, such a moment frozen in time. I look at them all and wonder where they were headed, what they were thinking, who was grieving, who was celebrating, who was being cheated on and who was doing the cheating, who was going to market and who was wondering how to afford food.

  20. johnnylogic

    July 18, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    Holy shit, they had buffets back then?? I wonder if they were all you can eat.

  21. mechanical_carrot

    July 18, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    Cars fucked everything.

  22. TheDudeNeverBowls

    July 18, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    Check out the Cinemax show The Knick. It’s a hospital show set in New York right around this time. It’s fascinating.

  23. Waitwhonow

    July 18, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    Is there a sub that has only old colorized pics? Its seriously so fascinating how different life was back then.

  24. iwontrememberanyway

    July 18, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    when cities were for people not cars

  25. Anonymous

    July 18, 2017 at 11:36 pm

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