A view of a smaller-scale Fifth Avenue in 1900

I’m not sure when this postcard was made, but the postmark is stamped 1906; I think it has to be a bit earlier.

It’s a view of the corner of Fifth and 57th Street, then a luxe address lined with mansions and now a luxe address lined with much taller hotels and grander apartment houses (and a few surviving mansions).

The mansion on the right was owned by the very wealthy Mary Mason Jones. The building in the middle of the block is the former Savoy Hotel, later the site of the Savoy Plaza Hotel and now home to the GM Building, which houses the Apple Store and FAO Schwartz.

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7 Responses to “A view of a smaller-scale Fifth Avenue in 1900”

  1. Alex Says:

    Who is the owner of this blog? Great writing, great posts!

  2. wildnewyork Says:

    Thank you!

  3. rocco dormarunno(akafivepointsguy) Says:

    Thanks for not cropping out the message from “Alice” to “Aunty”, sending her love to “uncle” and (what appears to be) “Freddie”. Even though Alice makes no mention of her experience in The City, the little message reminds us of all the people who once passed through, and, in their own small way, contributed to its wonder.

  4. wildnewyork Says:

    I love these leftover notes. Who is Alice? Who is Freddie? It’s all lost to the ages….

  5. ronfwnc Says:

    Mary Mason Jones was the real-life inspiration for the eccentric elderly aunt in The Age of Innocence (both the novel and the film).

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