Thursday, September 27, 2012

Alice Austen's 1896 NYC 4

The fourth in a series of New York City street scenes taken by photographer Alice Austen in 1896.  Photos from the NYPL.  Above, Ash Cart (labels are from the photos).



Peddler (of sponges).


Glen said...

These street scenes are absolutely fascinating. The highlight of trades and occupations eventually rendered obsolete is equally fascinating. Thanks Zach.

Anonymous said...

I've had a gripping reaction to this series, most material we view on your two blogs have focused at the other extreme, is it the contrast that's so jolting, I don't know. Hats! The peddler of sponges, messenger, the rubbish man, the organ grinder, the newsboy, the immigrants, all wearing hats. Knowing not whether to infer anything beyond street custom of the day, I'm tempted to imagine it might have been about personal Dignity, the Dignity of work. It's been a wonderful series, thanks so much Zach.


Anonymous said...

Yes Zach...wonderful.

The Down East Dilettante said...

And the question is, did Alice Austen, taking these pictures in 1896, know that these scenes were about to disappear, or was she merely recording the life she saw/

They are indeed gripping pictures