A rainy September evening at Madison Square

It’s just after the turn of the century in this enchanting postcard of the Fifth Avenue side of Madison Square Park.


The Flatiron Building is there, so it must be at least 1902. But carriages and drivers still line the street opposite the park, likely waiting for the city’s wealthy and powerful to emerge from the Fifth Avenue Hotel, demolished in 1908.

The postcard itself is postmarked 1910, and the writer has scribbled, “I am loving New York and having a great time.”

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7 Responses to “A rainy September evening at Madison Square”

  1. Bookpod Says:

    Once horse-drawn carriages are banned from Manhattan, a scene, such as the one in this postcard, will be a quaint memory.

  2. wack60585 Says:

    Reblogged this on wack60585.

  3. Alan Glaze Says:

    You know….judging from the Men’s clothing and how high the woman’s skirt is…I would put this around the late 1920’s or 30’s. Take another look….

  4. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    I”m inclined to agree…except the postmark really says 1910!

  5. Susan Says:

    That’s not a woman, that’s a boy in knee pants or plus-fours.

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