Sunday, December 19, 2010

Today -100: December 19, 1910: Of disappearing islands and disappearing horses

Following a series of earthquakes in Costa Rica, an island in the Ilopango Lagoon sinks, killing roughly 170 people.

Another piece of old New York has passed away, says the NYT: battery-powered street cars have now replaced horse-drawn ones on the 28th and 29th Street crosstown line. “To stand in Broadway... and watch first the tide of modern traffic along the Great White Way and then suddenly to see a horse car jogging across this line of traffic was not unlike looking at a knight in armor gallop across a parade of the bricklayers’ union.”

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