This post was written by Julia Lipkins, Reference Archivist, Manuscripts Department.

Charles Gilbert Hine (1859-1931), an amateur photographer, captured this noir scene of Madison Square Theatre on 24th Street between Sixth Avenue and Broadway in 1905. His collection of photographs at N-YHS includes platinum, cyanotype, and albumen prints of Manhattan at the turn of the 20th century. Hine also created a series of annotated photo albums, which he titled, “Broadway, New York From the Sky Scraper to the Wild Flower.” Read more about Hine and his images of New York City here.

Charles Gilbert Hine, Madison Square Theatre, 6 West 24th Street, ca. 1905. Platinum print. PR 082, Charles Gilbert Hine Photograph Collection, HIN-006. New-York Historical Society, 66903.