From the July 9, 1899 edition of The Sun, a tale that could spark fan fiction:
Newsboy’s Swift Revenge
Murderous Assault Seen By A Crowd Near Bridge Entrance.
From the July 9, 1899 edition of The Sun, a tale that could spark fan fiction:
The largest bronze casting made in America as of 1895 was newsworthy enough to be mentioned as far away as McCook, Nebraska, is from Manhattan, where the foundry was located. The subject has the distinction of being a memorial to Charles Loring Brace, to be installed on the facade of the Newsboys’ Lodging House at 9 Duane Street. Here’s a description from the June 22, 1895 edition of The McCook Tribune:
In June of 1886, newspapers were abuzz with news relating to “Miss Folsom,” AKA Frances Folsom, who married President Grover Cleveland on June 2 in a private ceremony at the White House after being secretly engaged to him since 1885.
This story, published June 12, 1886 in Sag-Harbor’s The Corrector, recounts one moment of her trip home from Europe just prior to the wedding. (She and her mother arrived in New York on May 27.) It’s also recounted—with other, less embellished details—in an essay titled “The Mistress of the White House,” which was published in volume 40 of “Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine.
The Sun provides a little more information (really, just a recap of articles from the time of her disappearance) in it’s June 3, 1894 article about Jane Hanrahan:
The body of the young woman that was found on Friday on the shore of Governor’s Island was identified at the Morgue yesterday as that of Jane Hanrahan of 12 1/2 Washington street. The identification was made by an aunt of the girl. Jane Hanrahan was 20 years old, good looking, and quiet and reserved in her ways. She had been a servant at the Newsboys’ Lodging House in New Chambers street for sixteen months, but disappeared from there early on the morning of March 19.
On the same morning, and at about the same hour, passengers on a sound steamer that was rounding Battery point saw a girl throw herself into the river. The steamer was in too much of a hurry to turn back to see what had become of the girl, but it is conjectured that she was Miss Hamahan, and that she was drowned. The body found on Governor’s Island had been in the water too long to admit of signs of foul play being seen, if such there were; but her friends cannot believe that the girl committed suicide. They say though that she had several quarrels with the servants at the lodging house just before she disappeared.
Before she left the lodging house she cut off her hair. The body will be buried to-day in Calvary Cemetery.
The mystery of what happened to Jane Hanrahan, a former servant at the Duane Street lodging house, comes to an end, as reported in the June 3, 1894 edition of the New York Tribune:
The body which was found on the beach at Governor’s Island on Friday has been identified as that of Miss Jane Hanrahan. Jane was twenty years old, and was a caretaker at the Newsboys’ Lodging House in New Chambers-st. On March 26 last Jane cut off her hair and mysteriously disappeared. Nobody was found who could account for her strange action, through her family declared there was foul play. From that day until Friday, when the body was found, not a word was hear of the missing girl. Her features were unrecognizable, but she was identified by means of her clothes.
Mrs. Hanrahan and others said yesterday that Jane’s life was insured in the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.
From the May 30, 1905 edition of the Sun:
Happy Mother’s Day to Patrick’s mother (and all of you other mothers out there).
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From the April 27, 1902, edition of the New York Tribune:
Mickey the Angel, “Limpy” O’Brien, Spotty Puckerino, “Ginny” Murphy and “Spuds” Carrano, Park Row newsboys from nine to thirteen years old, formally opened the bathing season yesterday afternoon in the Tweed fountain in City Hall Park. There was a large and watchful gathering, but no “cops.” All the boys were barefooted, and most of them were burdened only with trousers and shirt.
“Youse ain’t going’ ter welch, be youse?” asked Mickey the Angel in a tone of supreme disgust as he led his Spartan-like band to the fountain and noticed that Carrano and Murphy held back.
“Aw, gwan,” said Murphy, peeling off his shirt and divesting himself of his trousers. This was a movement that all understood. There was a twisting of arms and legs, kinking of backs, and suppressed exclamations as the boys went through their lightning change act. Then five somewhat soiled and skinny young heroes clambered up the side of the fountain.
“O-o-o-o-ch, golly, it’s cold,” chattered Mickey the Angel.
“Souse down, y’ lobster,” said O’Brien with a great show of courage, as he ducked into the water and then shivered.
Puckerino, Murphy and Carrano, encouraged by the cheers and laughter of the crowd soon went under the water, only to look scared and pained as they realized how cold it was.
“Stay in! Stay in!” yelled the unsympathetic crowd, as the lads clambered out of the fountain.
There was no response. The boys knew when they had enough. Just as they darted for their clothes, some one yelled:
“Here comes a cop!”
It was a false alarm from a boy so dastardly mean that probably he will never be mentioned for the Presidency. It startled the shivering quintet, however. Carrano corkscrewed into his trousers and pulled his shirt on over his suspenders. Murphy carried his shirt across Park Row before putting it on, and all the boys showed a celerity equaling Sheridan’s cavelry at the battle of Winchester.
Five pairs of dripping, shiny legs twinkled across Park Row to a grating over a warm pressroom, the great homebound crowd soon swallowed them up and they were lost to view—but the bathing season was formally opened in City Hall Park.
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Black and white images show a lot about people and places in the past, but there’s something about seeing old black & white images that have been colorized to make the image seem even more real. Thanks to Denis Shiryaev, we can do that with a film compilation about New York City.
In 1911, cameramen from a Swedish company, Svenska Biografteatern (which existed from 1907 to 1919), made travelogues of places of interest around the world, including New York City. (Other locations included Niagara Falls, Paris, and Venice.) One of the nitrate prints survived and was restored by the Museum of Modern Art. Guy Jones slowed down the frame rate to match a natural speed of movement, and added background sounds for realism. It’s this version of the film that Shiryaev colorized.
Here is Guy Jones’ black & white version for comparison: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aohXOpKtns0