The Bronx

The Bronx is the northernmost of the five boroughs of New York City, and the only one that is actually part of the mainland. Originally part of Westchester County, the Bronx became part of New York City in 1895, and its suburban streets and farms were transformed to urban neighborhoods. This authentic collection of late 19th Century and early 20th Century images captures the Bronx in it’s formative years, and includes many of the city’s most enduring attractions such as the Bronx Zoo and Yankee stadium.

Memorial Day in the Bronx, circa 1890

Memorial Day in the Bronx, circa 1890

Memorial Day began in both the North and the South, following the Civil War, as a day to honor soldiers who had died in military service. Initially, the holiday was called Decoration Day, after the practice of decorating the graves of the fallen soldiers, but in 1882, not long before this photograph was taken, the name of the holiday was changed to Memorial Day. In this picture, we see the remaining members of Union Regiment 73 taking part in a Memorial Day Parade on Tremont Avenue in the Bronx.

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Joe Dimaggio Takes Batting Practice, 1938

Joe Dimaggio Takes Batting Practice, 1938

Joltin' Joe Dimaggio takes a swing for the photographer during batting practice. 1938, the year of this photo, would be the Yankee Clipper's third year with the team and would be his third World Series. Coincidence?

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Lou Gehrig, 1938

Lou Gehrig, 1938

Lou Gehrig, the Iron Horse, played his entire 17-year career for the New York Yankees. In this black and white photograph, we see Lou at batting practice, in 1938 toward the end of his career. Gehrig retired in 1939 at the age of 36, having been stricken with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), now often called Lou Gehrig's Disease. During his career, he set several records, most famously for playing 2,130 consecutive games, a record that was unbroken for 56 years.

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Aerial View of Yankee Stadium and the Harlem River, 1933

Aerial View of Yankee Stadium and the Harlem River, 1933

In this photo, the camera looks west from a plane or an airship. Below is Yankee Stadium, empty. In the foreground is the newly built Bronx County Courthouse, designed by Max Hausel and Joseph H. Freedlander, and beyond the stadium is the Harlem River, spanned by the Macomb's Dam Bridge. Not much traffic is on the road or the river. Hardly the New York of today.

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Yankee Stadium as seen from Manhattan, 1930

Yankee Stadium as seen from Manhattan, 1930

This photo depicts Yankee Stadium, viewed from an Seventh Avenue and W. 151st Street in Manhattan, in 1930.  Macomb's Dam Bridge to the north spans the Harlem River.  Recent demolition has apparently removed any obstacle to viewing the House that Ruth Built.

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Yankee Stadium, 1938

Yankee Stadium, 1938

Fans prepare to enter Yankee Stadium for a game with mounted police on hand for crowd control.  At the time of this game, in 1938, the Yankees were in the midst of four season World Championship streak.  Babe Ruth had recently retired, but Lou Gehrig was still in the line-up and Joltin' Joe DiMaggio had come on board two seasons prior -- coincidentally at the beginning of the streak.

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Zookeeper and Chimps, c. 1910

Zookeeper and Chimps, c. 1910
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