Well, this brochure is a wonderful example of how times and permissible thought has changed over the last 75 years. And I quote..."The Bowery - We enter the song famed street "The Bowery". This is a characteristic and historic spot with its endless procession of human wrecks...". "The Ghetto - We enter the world famous Ghetto, the Jewish section...." One cannot help but wonder how these descriptions would go down in today's society.
Of equal interest is the listing of the residences of the famous - "the Palatial Homes of the Wealthy" which today would not be advertised. But back then we could be taken on a tour of the houses of the Vanderbilts, Whitneys, Roosevelts, Chapins, to name but a few. (As an aside, it is also rumoured that deep under the subway tunnels they had their own stations built with a stop for each house - true or not, it is a good story.)
Other Points of Interest - Coastwise Steamers, East Side Tenement House District, Ghetto, Knickerbocker village, Newspaper Row, and many, many more. fare for these tours was $1.50. The Grand Tour was $2.50.
I find these glimpses into our history fascinating. They are also incredibly unsung as they offer un-whitewashed views of the changing acceptability of human expression.
Thank you for looking.