Christmas shopping on Fifth Avenue, 1896

Substitute puffy parkas for fur coats and town cars and taxis for carriages, and not much has changed in 116 years on Fifth Avenue in December.

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I’m not sure where painter Alice Barber Stephens set this painting, titled “Christmas on Fifth Avenue.” Can anyone take a stab at the cross street?

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4 Responses to “Christmas shopping on Fifth Avenue, 1896”

  1. mykola (mick) dementiuk Says:

    Seems as if Fifth Ave was mighty slim and narrow in those days not like the wide boulevard it is now.

  2. robert Says:

    The white tower in the background which resembles the MetLife building (but, of course, couldn’t be) may be Marble Collegiate Church, built in 1854, on Fifth and 29th. If so, that puts this scene a bit south of there.

  3. Mark Says:

    @ robert Says has a good point. The Ladies Mile was at 23rd and Fifth at that time. This puts the characters almost precisely in that area.

  4. wildnewyork Says:

    I think you’re right, this is the kind of scene I always imagine on Ladies Mile. Lots of well-dressed women and their carriages waiting for them….

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