British writer Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, is photographed here in New York City on the 10th of April, 1922.
Also in the picture are his second wife, Jean, and the children he had by her. Doyle, who was almost sixty-three at the time, married for the second time almost immediately after the death of his first wife.
The short film What Happened on Twenty-third Street, New York City was released in August, 1901.
Depicting a couple walking down the street in New York, the woman’s skirts are lifting by air when she walks over a grate.
While it only runs for 77 seconds, the film is credited with providing inspiration for similar scenes in movies in the decades afterwards.
New York City has hosted an Easter parade on Fifth Avenue since the 19th century. Taking place on Easter Sunday, for decades it was one of the most significant cultural events of the year.
Here are some images of the parade from the late 19th and early 20th centuries:
The destroyed theatre. X
One of the worst building fires in US history occurred in New York on the 5th of December, 1876. At least 278 – but possibly more than 300 – people were killed when a fire broke out at the Brooklyn Theatre during the final act of The Two Orphans.
The blaze began on the prompt side of the stage (the side where the stage manager sits). It was noticed part of the set had caught fire. Sets for more than one production were backstage at the time, meaning it was impossible to get the fire hose to extinguish the blaze.
Harper’s Weekly cover reporting on the fire. X
The performers onstage were made aware of the fire, but continued with the show for a short time, worried about causing a panic. Stagehands tried to extinguish the flames, but the fire continued to gain ground.
Despite being close to the flames, several members of the performing company took to the stage to call for the audience to be calm, so that people could escape the theatre safely.
One of those performers was Kate Claxton, who was later described as:
‘the nerviest woman I ever saw … [She] came out with J. B. Studley, and said the fire would be out in a few moments. She was white as a sheet, but she stood up full of nerve.’ X
Most of the deaths occurred in the highest, cheapest seats, where several hundred people sat, and where the narrow exit became blocked and people trampled each other. Many succumbed to smoke inhalation.
Floor plan of the theatre, published two days after the fire. X
By the time firemen arrived at the scene nobody responded to their calls, and cracks had begun to appear in the building.
Less than half an hour after the first flames were spotted, much of the theatre collapsed.
The theatre in ruins. X
Several years after the disaster, Kate Claxton reflected that it had been a mistake to continue the play, and that the curtain should have been kept down and the performance cancelled so the audience could have evacuated before they were made aware of the fire.