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    33 Everyday Street Scenes From Late 1800s New York City

    The city wasn't so different, as these 1896 photos from the New York Public Library's collections show.

    33. A Policeman

    32. A Postman

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    30. A Messenger Boy

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    28. A Street Sweeper With His Cart

    27. A Peddler Selling Shoe Strings

    26. A Grindstoner

    25. New Immigrants

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    23. An Organ Grinder

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    21. A Street Sweeper

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    19. Snow Removal

    18. Snow Removal

    17. A Man Selling Suspenders

    16. A Man Selling Sponges

    15. A Man Selling Pretzels

    14. Bootblacks At City Hall

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    11. A Newspaper Boy And Girl

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    7. A Man With Watering Cans

    6. A Parade By Central Park

    5. The Fire Department

    4. A Double Decker Bus

    3. A Streetcar

    2. A Policeman With A Street Sweeper

    1. A Cabbie

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