From the May 30, 1905 edition of the Sun:
Trade School for Newsboys.
Brace Memorial Fund to Be Devoted to That Purpose.
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.
bootblacks, Brooklyn Bridge, colored film, early films, el station, el train, everybody jaywalks, ferry boat, Flat Iron Building, motion pictures, New York Herald Building, newsboys, Statue of Liberty, street scenes, Svenska Biografteatern
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
From the New York Tribune’s April 9, 1899 edition, a daring rescue:
William Welch, a newsboy, fell into the North River yesterday while trying to reach the string-piece outside the Quebec Line’s pier, in order that he might watch the steamer Trinidad enter her slip.
Michael Hays, a hackman, employed at Savage’s Livery Stable, No. 194 Sullivan-st., seeing the boy’s danger, jumped in and succeeded in getting hold of him. A rope was thrown to Hays, and this he tied around the boy, who was pulled out by men on the pier. In the mean time Hays himself was drawn beneath the pier by the force of the tide and was in danger of drowning. He just had sufficient strength to fasten the rope thrown to him around his body. When they raised him to the pier he was in an unconscious state. He was taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital.
The deed was commented upon by those who saw it as a heroic rescue. Had it not been for Hays the boy would undoubtedly have been drowned.
On March 30, 1894, The Sun provides a little more detail about Jane Hanrahan’s disappearance:
Jane Hanrahan, who disappeared from the Newsboys’ Lodging House at New Chambers and Duane Streets on Monday morning last, may have been the girl that two deckhands on the steamboat City of Lawrence say they saw jump off the Battery wall on that morning. The City of Lawrence was rounding the Battery at 6:10 o’clock. Deckhands Peter Maloney and Michael Connery happened to be standing on the forward deck, when, as they say, Maloney saw a woman who wore a white apron and had a dark sack over her head instead of a hat, walking toward the Liberty dock. She walked out on the pier, and after standing for a moment on the edge of the wharf plunged into the river. The men did not report this to the Captain.
It was 5 1/2 o’clock Monday morning when Jane Hanrahan left the House. She wore no hat, and had a sacque thrown over her head. Before leaving she cut off her hair. She also left her trunk, trinkets, and jewelry behind.
On March 28, 1894, the New York Herald wrote a short blurb about the missing chambermaid:
No trace of Jennie Hanihan, the domsetic employed at the Newsboys’ Lodging House, who, as told in the Herald, mysteriously disappeared after cutting off her hair, was found yesterday.
Among her effects was also discovered a tin-type of a young man, which nobody has yet been able to identify. Her mother will visit the Morgue to-day to see if her body is there. Meanwhile the New Jersey police have been asked to search for her.
(I posted about poor Jane Hanrahan a long time ago, an article titled “She Fled Without Her Hair.” I have several more scheduled to be posted this year.)
The Evening World reported the disappearance of one of the Newsboys’ Lodging House employees on March 26, 1894:
Jane Hanrahan, a chambermaid, twenty-one years, employed at the Newsboys’ Lodging-House, New Chambers and Duane streets, has been missing since 5.30 o’clock this morning. Her mother, Kate Hanrahan, of 12 1-2 Washington street, called at Police Headquarters this afternoon and asked to have a general alarm sent out for her. Her mother thinks she has become suddenly insane.
Before she went out this morning she cut off all her dark hair, and doing it up in a newspaper left it on the bed in her room. She wore a dark cape, thrown over her head, in place of a hat, and a dark skirt and buttoned shoes.
From the March 17, 1902 edition of The Sun:
Policeman John Finn of the Elizabeth street station, while strolling along the Bowery in plain clothes last Saturday afternoon, had his pocket picked by two newsboys who were experts at the trick. The boys were sixteen-year-old Joseph Hartmann, living at the Newsboys’ Lodging House in Duane street, and twelve-year-old Samuel Neuman of 105 Allen street.
They approached the unsuspecting Finn from different sides, and under cover of his papers, Hartmann got his fingers into the fob pocket of Finn’s coat and extracted a dollar bill. The moment he had it in his hands he ran, followed by Neuman.
The entire proceeding was observed from a doorway by Detective Sergeant Richard A Finn, who is no relative, although a namesake of the robbed man. Thanks to the second Finn the two little thieves were caught before they had run more than a few feet. The younger boy was sent to the rooms of the Children’s society, where a long record of offences, including one case in which sentence was suspended, was found against him.
Hartmann, the older boy, pleaded guilty yesterday, adding gratuitously the infomation that on Friday he rifled the pockets of six men without getting more than 30 cents, so he was willing to go to jail till his luck turned. The Magistrate held him in $1,000 bail for trial. The Neuman boy, against whom there was no binding evidence, was remanded into the custody of the society till he can be committed to an institution.