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Monday
Oct252010

(Part 8) 1935 Trip to New York Scrapbook

Today we pick back up with Mrs. O'Brien's scrapbook pages of postcards and photographs in the midst of her New York tour she took on the Tuesday morning.

Notes:

Woolworth Bldg & City Hall Park

Empire Bldg above the clouds

Riverside Church

Brooklyn Bridge - over 6,000 ft. long.  133 ft.  above the water.  Cost $25,000,000.  Built 1883.

Washington Bridge was completed in 1931.  Cost $60,000,000.  It has 4 traffic lanes - 3500 ft. long.  635 ft. above the water.

Flat Iron Bldg.

Notes:

792 ft - 66 stories - foundations are placed on 69 piers sunk 115 ft.

Lower New York from Aeroplane.

Ellis Island.

Empire State Bldg.

Midtown Skyline.

Flat Iron Building.

--- Our Mrs. O'Brien didn't want any facts to be lost or unavailable. 

One interesting thing about New York's Flat Iron Building is it is noted for the origination of the term "23 Skidoo."  This is because at ground level the wind whipped up pretty good and men were known to hang around and watch the skirts of women walking by getting blow up by the strong wind.  The cops would come along and give them the "23 Skidoo" to move along.  The building sits on the triangular block at 23rd Street, Fifth Avenue & Broadway.

I just pulled this closeup because I like the way the clouds are "air brushed" in or whatever technique they might have done for the clouds.  I can't blame them.  It makes for a great photograph.

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Reader Comments (2)

I'm glad that you and whoever had this before you didn't remove the cards from the scrapbook. I think a lot of people would have done that, especially since some of the pages are a little rough.
Something that strikes me as odd is that a number of the postcards seem to be older than 1935. If that's so, I wonder if she bought them previously.

October 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

I couldn't agree more. I think this whole scrapbook is an anomaly. It almost seems like it was destined to be rediscovered. If not by a family member, which it should have been, then by us. Most scrapbooks you run across are nothing more that newspaper clippings, photos and postcards at best with no notes or journaling. I haven't found a single thing that has been taken away from this scrapbook. There is one picture missing toward the back but it's pretty obvious that she either didn't have the photo or it just never got pasted down. This scrapbook has not been through very many hands at all. My main reason for featuring it on the blog is because the pages are slowly cracking, especially at the edges and I figured it better get documented somehow. Glad it was discovered before it was too late! I'm just glad everyone is enjoying it as much as I am.

October 25, 2010 | Registered CommenterBrian Carlisle

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