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Fifth Avenue Omnibuses... 1885. Creator: Unknown

Fifth Avenue Omnibuses... 1885. Creator: Unknown

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Fifth Avenue Omnibuses... 1885. Creator: Unknown

Fifth Avenue Omnibuses: Proposed Design for the New Fifth Ave Omnibus & The Old Broadway Stages in 1831, 1885. From Harpers Weekly, December 5, 1885

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5th Avenue Alter Carpet Carpets Carriage Carriages Chapel Fifth Avenue Harpers Weekly Horse Drawn Vehicles New York United States Of America Omnibus Pedestrian Pedestrians Public Transport Roadworks Soft Furnishing Stage Coach Stagecoach Working Man Workman Workmen Carpet Shop Horse Drawn Horse Drawn Vehicle Horsedrawn St Pauls Chapel Stagecoaches Wood Engraving


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This print takes us back to the bustling streets of 19th century America, specifically Fifth Avenue in New York City. The image showcases a proposed design for the new Fifth Avenue Omnibus alongside the old Broadway Stages from 1831. It was originally featured in Harper's Weekly on December 5,1885. The scene is filled with activity as horse-drawn carriages, known as omnibuses, navigate through the crowded road. Pedestrians can be seen going about their daily routines, adding to the vibrant energy of this historic moment captured by an unknown creator. In the background stands St. Paul's Chapel, a symbol of religious heritage amidst the rapid urbanization taking place in this growing metropolis. The chapel's presence reminds us of Christianity's influence on American society during that time. This intriguing engraving provides a glimpse into life in late 19th century New York City - its people, professions, and modes of transportation. It serves as a valuable historical document preserved at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and offers insight into how public transport evolved over time. As we admire this piece from Heritage Images' collection at The Met, we are transported back to an era when horse-drawn vehicles ruled the roads and carpets adorned shop windows along Fifth Avenue. This photograph captures not only a specific location but also represents an important period in American history where tradition meets progress on one iconic avenue.

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