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The C.W. Morse.  1807-1904 The Magnificent Triumph of Steam Boat Progress Commissioned by The People's Line.  May 28 MCMIV. C. W. Morse People's Evening Line.  New York Albany
1 The C.W. Morse. 1807-1904 The Magnificent Triumph of Steam Boat Progress Commissioned by The People's Line. May 28 MCMIV. C. W. Morse People's Evening Line. New York Albany
New York Consolidated Steamship Lines -- Hudson Navigation Company. Printer: The Frank Presbrey Company 1904 First Wraps Near Fine 
An attractive celebratory brochure for an overnight service steamship that carried passengers between New York City and Albany. The steamer C.W. Morse is here called "the Queen of the Inland Fleets of the World, for she is not only the largest, but in every point of comparison the most luxurious steamer ever constructed for reibver navigation." 4to. 27.5 by 23 cm. Unpaginated, 20 pages. B/W photos on about half the pages, with a two page spread in the center showing the impressive side of the ship. Scarce. Only known institutional holding at the Hagley (acc. to OCLC First Search). Charles W. Morse (1856-1933) was a controversial businessman who became known as the "Ice King" in New York for attaining a near monopoly on the ice business in the city in the days before the modern refrigerator. His attempt to corner the market for shares of Copper United was responsible for causing the Panic of 1907, after which he was forced to divest himself of his extensive banking interestes as well as being convicted on multiple counts of breaking banking law. Later he would attain a pardon by feigning illness. Later he would be prosecuted for war profiteering. While winning an acquittal in the criminal trial, one of his company's was slapped with a civil judgment in favor of the government in the amount of $11.5 million. Morse's interests in shipping run throughout his career -- his beginnings were in shipping lumber and ice from Maine. In 1901 he formed the Eastern Steamship Company by combining three different steamship companies, and in 1902 he acquired the People's Line between New York City and Albany, and is the line celebrated in this brochure. The company continued to expand by additional acquisitions until 1907. The steamship assets were shuffled and reorganized afterward, with the business going into actual receivership oin 1914. Condition: light wear to wraps around edges. Clean inside. 
Price: 275.00 USD
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White Plains, Pleasantville, Mount Kisco, Chappaqua, Scarsdale, Elmsford.  Central and Northern Westchester County in the State of New York, Hogan, Walter V., Editor.
2 Hogan, Walter V., Editor. White Plains, Pleasantville, Mount Kisco, Chappaqua, Scarsdale, Elmsford. Central and Northern Westchester County in the State of New York
White Plains The Daily Reporter Wraps Fine 
N.d., circa 1937. Folio, 41.5 by 28 cm. 48 pp. A compilation of appealing photographs of the finer buildings and landmarks of South Central Westchester County when it was an uniformly affluent suburban retreat from the city. The homes depicted range from the well-kept modest residence to grand mansion, with the preponderance the latter, or closer to that end of the spectrum. Many of these sprawling homes were located in White Plains, where some of them still stand but as anyone familiar with the area knows, generally-speaking not the community of choice for the wealthy. There are also sprawling homes shown from Scarsdale, which has obviously maintained its upscale status, yet very few from say Purchase, which both then and to this day is an area known from its estates. Other buildings include schools, churches, country club clubhouses, hospitals, office buildings, etc. Also parkways and parks. In general, anyone from Westchester will recognize a good number of the structures and views shown, with some more or less the same today, while others are modified almost beyond recognition. And the comparison is part of the fun for Westchesterites! This publication was a promotional brochure in its essence, and whatever impact it may have had on the urban exodus, its objective was surely achieved, and then some, following the Second World War, with the development it was encouraging also undoing some of the beauty and charm that it was highlighting. The short text pieces give brief town info and histories. The brochure was issued in conjunction with the publishing newspaper's 20th anniversary. Copies at the New York Historical Society and Columbia. No other copies located on OCLC First Search. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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