A pyramid of German helmets at Grand Central

It might be a macabre sight to contemporary eyes.

But no one in this 1918 photo seems bothered by the German helmets arranged in a neat pyramid or the canons on display near Grand Central Terminal—captured from enemy supply bases by U.S. soldiers.

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The setup is on something called Victory Way, described as an “open-air temple of victory” at Park Avenue just above Grand Central. A 1919 New York Times article has this to say:

“The row on row of captured German guns, the pyramids studded by thousands of German spike helmets and crowned by golden Victory statues, and the lofty white columns garlanded with wreaths, made a striking picture.”

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4 Responses to “A pyramid of German helmets at Grand Central”

  1. Exile on Pain Street Says:

    Look at all that beautiful sky the PanAm building wiped away.

  2. Jeff Says:

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  3. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    That is very cool, thanks! The 1836 map itself is fascinating, with so many place names and streets that no longer exist.

  4. Ricky Says:

    Great map! I always wonder why my neighborhood is named Turtle Bay and now I see why. Thanks.

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