Boy At 115th Street Harlem Well, NY 1897 (Photograph)

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We love this wonderful photograph by James Reuel Smith of an little boy sitting in front of a Harlem Well at 27 West 115th Street, between Fifth and Lenox Avenues on October 26, 1897. Continue Reading →

Well At West 140th Street, Harlem, NY, 1898 (Photograph)

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A great photograph by James Reuel Smith of a long demolished Well at 619-621 West 140th Street (now 625-627), near Riverside Drive in West Harlem, NY, on May 13, 1898. Continue Reading →

Boy At St. Nicholas Avenue Harlem Spring, NY, 1899 (Photograph)

Unidentified boy is photographed by James Reuel Smith seated on a boulder above a spring at St. Nicholas Avenue and West 139th Street, Harlem, New York, May 5, 1899.

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115th Street Well, At The East Wall Of 27 W. 115th Street, NY, 1897

A great dramatic photograph of the 115th Street Well, at the east wall of 27 West 115th Street, on the north side between Fifth Avenue and Lenox Avenue, Harlem, NY, December 27, 1897. Continue Reading →

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Well And House, Harlem, NY, 1898 (Photographs)

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Another great photograph (above) by James Reuel Smith of a Well and House, 50 feet east of Amsterdam Avenue and 100 feet north of West 137th Street, New York, the two photographs were taken on April 9, 1898. Continue Reading →

The 119th Street Well In Harlem Farming Country, 1897 (Photo)

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The 119th Street Well by James Reuel Smith, the Well was located 25 feet south of west 119th Street and 150 feet east of Amsterdam Avenue, NY, October 6, 1897. Continue Reading →

The 124th Street Water Well In Harlem, NY 1897

The 124th Street Water Well In Harlem photograph was taken by James Reuel Smith on the south side of West 124th Street, between Ninth Avenue and Tenth Avenue, New York, September 28, 1897.

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Wooden Farm House On Broadway At West 123rd And 124th Streets, Harlem, NY, 1898

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This is a great photograph looking northwest on the west side of Broadway between West 123rd and West 124th Streets, taken by James Reuel Smith in Harlem, NY, November 16, 1898.  Continue Reading →

Little Boy At 149th Street Well, Harlem, New York, May 13, 1898.

Little Harlem boy with hat at Well photographed by James Reuel Smith below at the  on the Hudson River shore and West 149th Street, Harlem, New York, May 13, 1898.

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Indian Spring, Amsterdam Avenue At 124th Street, Harlem, NY, 1898

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Indian Spring and environs, on the southwest corner of Amsterdam Avenue and W. 124th Street, New York, November 16, 1898.  Continue Reading →

Central Park Spring, West 109th Street At Eighth Avenue, Harlem, NY, 1901

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Path leading to the Central Park fresh water spring photograph by James Reuel Smith at West 109th Street, (150 feet east of) Eighth Avenue, Harlem, NY, March 18, 1901. Continue Reading →

Central Park Spring By James Reuel Smith, 109th Street, Harlem, NY, March 18, 1901

The Central Park fresh water spring photograph by James Reuel Smith at West 109th Street, (150 feet east of) Eighth Avenue, Harlem, New York, on March 18, 1901. Continue Reading →

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Springs And Wells Of Harlem Photographer, James Reuel Smith, 1890 And 1915’s

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James Reuel Smith was an interesting guy, from the late 19th to the early 20th century, he painstakingly photographed the Wecksquaesgeek Indian water springs and wells in Harlem, all over New York City and further north. Continue Reading →

Hand Pump Well At 139th Street, NY 1898 (Photograph)

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At the turn of the century and before the Harlem Renaissance, there were places like this hand pump well (above) at the rear of a home at 147 West 139th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenue, NY, April 21, 1898 by NY photographer James Reuel Smith. Continue Reading →