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John Smith.....Frenchy #2 ?
« on: September 20, 2022, 03:37:31 pm »
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Re: John Smith.....Frenchy #2 ?
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2023, 11:14:58 am »
I've already posted a PDF with this story in the first post.
I've added the entire story that this excerpt appeared in.

Whether he was Frenchy # 2 or not...keep in mind that the article that the excerpt appeared in was not an article about John Smith.  The clip about Smith wasn't the basis of the article, possibly making the likelihood of Smith being Frenchy 2 a little more likely.
The excerpt is told in a matter-of-factly way as if it were common knowledge to those who had to endure his tenancy in his Lower East Side building.

Double Alley was a very rough street.


New York World
December 18, 1893
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Re: John Smith.....Frenchy #2 ?
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2023, 04:13:23 pm »
No way of determining who the Frenchy 2 was in this article on the jargon used by longshoremen...

New York Tribune
July 30, 1893
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Re: John Smith.....Frenchy #2 ?
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2023, 07:46:17 pm »
The first sketch is from a photograph taken by Jacob Riis in 1889 for his article, "How The Other Half Lives", in Scribner's Magazine in the latter part of 1889.  The book was published in 1890.

This is a depiction of Double Alley.  The photograph, although named Gotham Court, was also known as Double Alley.




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