The men who took the Fulton Ferry in 1914

In 1814, Robert Fulton’s Fulton Ferry Company began regular steamboat ferry service between Brooklyn and Manhattan. A century later, artist Herbert Bolivar Tschudy depicted the ferry and some of its riders in “Fulton Street Ferry, Evening, 1914.”

Tschudy’s ferry riders are men painted like a monolith in dark colors, the Manhattan skyline like a fortress in the distance.

None of the riders look our way or even at one another. It’s the pose all commuters take, whether they’re on a ferry or subway or bus: don’t make eye contact, get lost in your thoughts or the view, and wait quietly until the ride is over.

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5 Responses to “The men who took the Fulton Ferry in 1914”

  1. Ty Says:

    There’s two rush hours in my experience. The one of the nine to fivers and an earlier first light one of the people that serve them. This is the latter. Huddled cold and dark.

  2. Timothy Grier Says:

    It surprises me that the ferry was still operating in 1914. By that time several bridges and subway lines connected Manhattan to Brooklyn.

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