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Publicités, La Grande vie : illustrée par la photographie d'après nature, 1901

Publicités, La Grande vie : illustrée par la photographie d'après nature, 1901

Publicités, La Grande vie : illustrée par la photographie d'après nature, 1901

Publicités, La Grande vie : illustrée par la photographie d'après nature, 1901

Jaded Mandarin - Claude Firmin. Detail form The studio of caster Sadaune, 1901.

Jaded Mandarin - Claude Firmin. Detail form The studio of caster Sadaune, 1901.

1901 Lancashire & Yorkshire - great cycling ad & she's wearing a very #Londonderry inspired hat

1901 Lancashire & Yorkshire - great cycling ad & she's wearing a very #Londonderry inspired hat

An Edwardian era French catalogue page showing a selection of corsets and other lovely wardrobe items.

An Edwardian era French catalogue page showing a selection of corsets and other lovely wardrobe items.

Tanglefoot Sealed Sticky Fly Paper. Stops the fly in his mad career. Also catches the filthy load he is carrying, thus preventing the danger of contagion. (advert 1901)

Tanglefoot Sealed Sticky Fly Paper. Stops the fly in his mad career. Also catches the filthy load he is carrying, thus preventing the danger of contagion. (advert 1901)

Dec. 5, 1901: Walt Elias Disney is born in Chicago. See more Disney in our gallery: Walt Disney The Man and His World

Dec. 5, 1901: Walt Elias Disney is born in Chicago. See more Disney in our gallery: Walt Disney The Man and His World

In 1901, the crossroads of 23rd Street, Fifth Avenue, and Broadway had not yet taken final form.  The Flatiron Building was just beginning construction--which you can see from the big white fence wrapped around the site.  The grand Heinz 57 ad on the side of the Cumberland Hotel was the first electric sign in the U.S., illuminated by 1,200 bulbs that used $90 of electricity a year.  Within a year, both the sign and the Cumberland would be demolished.

In 1901, the crossroads of 23rd Street, Fifth Avenue, and Broadway had not yet taken final form. The Flatiron Building was just beginning construction--which you can see from the big white fence wrapped around the site. The grand Heinz 57 ad on the side of the Cumberland Hotel was the first electric sign in the U.S., illuminated by 1,200 bulbs that used $90 of electricity a year. Within a year, both the sign and the Cumberland would be demolished.

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