The Gilded Age


In general people speak of The Gilded Age as the period between the Civil War and the turn of the 20th century, an era that was marked by industrial and technological advancement, massive immigration, political, social and economic tumult and a growing gulf between the wealthy and the poor.… Read more.

Restaurants and Cafes

Food could be had in many places, including bakeries, ice cream parlors, taverns and saloons, and in every neighborhood.

This sampling of the cost of eating out is from Restaurant-ing Through History:

1876 Shorey’s, Haymarket Square, Boston: “Famous Boiled Dinner” (25¢), Soups (10¢), Chowders (10¢), Stews with Dumplings (15¢), Roast Beef (25¢), Sirloin Steak (35¢), Chicken Pie (25¢).… Read more.

French Quarter, Manhattan

This article concerns the French community in Manhattan. There were similar communities in other places, particularly in Louisiana, relevant to Queen of Swords.

“In 1851 over 20,000 French immigrants arrived in the United States and the French newspaper, Le Republican, began to be published in New York.

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Image Sources

Many photographs taken in the city before 1900 are uncredited, but there were some photographers who made names for themselves. It’s also true that it’s very easy to be misled by the images that are readily available.

There are great resources online for almost anything, but the choice is usually both narrow and shallow.… Read more.

Waverly Place

A narrow street that originates at Bank Street in the West, runs along the northern border of Washington Park, and ends at Broadway.


In the Waverly Place series, Anna and Sophie Savard, their Aunt Quinlan, and the Lees live at 18 Waverly Place in a large house built in 1840, enclosed by a brick wall that includes gardens and out buildings.… Read more.

Tyson’s Market

In 1883 Tyson’s Market was located at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 44th Street. The story of how Mr. Tyson fought the rich and powerful to hold onto his butcher shop/tavern/corner store (found here at the Daytonian in Manhattan) gives you a good sense of how quickly things changed on Fifth Avenue.
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Grand Duke’s Theater

The Grand Duke’s Theater was located at 21 Baxter Street. On this map you’ll find it almost at the bottom, just right of center.

atlas-1885-plate-4-opiumIt  was attached to a stale beer joint, one of most disreputable kind of saloons, where the dregs from beer barrels were sold.… Read more.

Madison Square

Madison Square and Madison Square Garden are, as is clear from this map, two different destinations. Madison Square was commercial, and home to many of the city’s most exclusive stores.   From Wikipedia:

On May 10, 1847 Madison Square Park opened to the public.

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