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Title Fifth Avenue stage auto
Object Name Negative, Film
Photographer Austen, E. Alice
Date March 23, 1910
Collection Alice Austen Photograph Collection
Description Original film negative. Street scene in Manhattan. In the foreground is a double-decker bus filled with passengers, all of whom appear to be women wearing large hats. A man wearing a uniform sits in the driver's seat. There are pedestrians and cars on the streets; a policeman stands in the intersection in the middle distance. Street signs are visible on the lamppost on the corner: "5TH AV" and "E 42 ST". Signs on the buildings across the street include: "Apollonaris"; "[--]ULLEN & CO. / IMPORTERS / AGENTS / BASS ALE / WHITE LABEL GUINNESS / STOUT"; and "BARR & CO. / BOOT MAKER". Sign on the front of the bus: "TO 22D STREET ONLY"; sign on the side of the bus: "FARE TEN CENTS." The undercarriage of the bus has inscription "43". The original Eastman Kodak Premo Film Pack tab has the photographer's handwritten inscription: "Fifth Avenue / stage auto / Cor 42 / & Fifth / Avenue / 2.25 P.M / 16 / D10 / Sp 5 / Sunny / hazy".
(Keywords: New York City, Early Twentieth Century)
Film Size 4 x 5
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History The double-decker bus in this photo is likely one of the fleet of buses operated by the Fifth Avenue Coach Company in Manhattan in the early 1900s. A 1905 article in the New York Times noted that the company was experimenting with "a gasoline-electric motor omnibus, which will begin running on regular schedule between Washington Square and Eighty-eighth Street...". In 1907, the company sold its remaining horses and stage coaches, and completed the conversion to the new automobile buses.
Earliest Date 1910
Latest Date 1910
Subjects Streets
Double-decker buses
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Catalog Number 50.015.5051
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, May 2013.
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