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Spring Street revisited

July 22, 2008 |  6:37 am

Photograph by Munsey Studios, winter 1900

Here's another detail from the photo I wrote about yesterday. These people are on the sidewalk just to the left of the fellow sitting in the wagon.

Here's a closer look at the people on the sidewalk. It's easy to make out the man's watch chain. The young boy seems to have something pinned to his shirt and the woman appears to be looking directly at the photographer.


What caught my eye were the signs, "Furnished Rooms," "Cut-Rate Cigar" and my favorite: "Platform Psychic, Independent [Illegible] and Trumpet Medium." I'm going to have to research trumpet mediums and see what they were. Hm. A Times editorial from April 18, 1902, refers to an "independent typewriter and trumpet medium." I wonder if it's something like "independent writer." The Times editorial writers don't seem to think much of the paranormal.