Flatiron Building, December 2017

I am sitting here listening to Bill Evans with my coffee getting ready to write. The first 50 words of the day are always the most difficult. Before doing that I thought I would share the above picture that I took at 8:30 on Friday morning. That area around Madison Square Park is my favorite part of the city. Seeing the Flatiron the other day reminded me of an image (below) I showed to two English classes during our Great War module a few weeks back. This is “Britannia,” a British Mark IV used around the United States in these weeks and months for Liberty Loan drives. The image was taken on October 25, 1917 during a parade in which about 20,000 New Yorkers marched. There too that day were Mayor John Purroy Mitchel and Al Smith.

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