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Title Hansom cab
Object Name Negative, Glass-plate
Photographer Austen, E. Alice
Date 1896 copyright
Collection Alice Austen Photograph Collection
Description Original glass plate negative. A man wearing a suit and hat stands next to a two-wheeled horse-drawn hansom cab on a cobblestone street in Manhattan. The carriage's lamp has number "970" inscribed on the side. The building across the street at right has sign "31 BRENTANO'S 31" above the first floor. The building across the street on the left has sign "SOLOMON'S SONS" above the second floor.
(Keywords: New York City)
Film Size 4 x 5
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History Brentano's bookstore was located at 31 Union Square, at the corner of 16th Street. The B.L. Solomon's Sons store seen on the opposite corner sold household furnishings, described in an 1886 New York Times article as "rare and sumptuous furniture, fine bronzes and porcelains, curtains, and Oriental objects for every room in the house..."

This photograph is one of 12 images that photographer Alice Austen published in her "Street Types of New York" portfolio in 1896.
Earliest Date 1895
Latest Date 1896
Subjects Carriages & coaches
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Catalog Number 50.015.5923
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, September 2013.
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