The 'Loew Bridge' Broadway and Fulton St.
1868 (undated) 5 x 7 in (12.7 x 17.78 cm)
This is a lovely 1868 view of the Loew Bridge over Broadway and Fulton Street in New York City, by Shannon and Rogers. The view features the short-lived cast iron pedestrian bridge across New York City’s busiest street. Pedestrians are seen walking over the bridge and sidewalks with carriages on the street. St. Paul’s Chapel, which still exists today, can be seen on the corner. Astor House, the city’s first luxury hotel, is seen in the background.
The Loew bridge opened in 1867 after a petition from John Genin, a milliner, who wanted his customers to be able to visit his shop across form St. Paul's Chapel, in comfort. Unfortunately, the business of another hatter on the St. Paul's side of the street, Charles Knox, suffered due to the shadow cast by the bridge. Knox sued the city and the Loews Bridge was torn down in 1868, lasting only a year. Mary Eliza Tucker wrote a 65-stanza poem about the bridge called, ‘Loew’s Bridge: A Broadway Idyl’ in 1867.
This view was prepared for inclusion in the 1868 edition of Joseph Shannon's Manual of The Corporation of the City of New York.
Joseph Shannon (fl. c. 1850 - 1869) produced a series of New York City almanacs and fact books entitled Manual of the Corporation of The City of New York . Shannon's Manual is very similar to the more common manual issued by Valentine. The production of this annual manual was the responsibility of the Clerk of the Common Council of the City of New York, a position held at different times by both Shannon and Valentine. The manual included facts about the City of New York, city council information, city history, and reported on the progress of public works such as Central Park.
William C. Rogers (fl. c. 1860 - 1873) was a New York based lithographer active in the mid to late 19th century. His is best known for his engravings issued in conjuction with Joseph Shannon's Manual of the Corporation fo the City of New York. Rogers issued several maps of New York City in the 1860s and 1870s.
Shannon, J., Shannon's Manual of the Corporation of the City of New York, (1868 edition).
Very good. Foxing throughout but especially in margins.
New York Public Library, Art and Picture Collection, b17515544.