Old New York #7: March 25, 1911



















4 comments:

la peregrina said...

Oh my God, the Triangle Shirt Factory fire. They say 146 people died in this fire because they were trapped in the building with no way out.

Because of this tragedy laws were passed in NY requiring all buildings to have exterior fire escapes, automatic sprinklers, fire alarms, and well-lit exit doors.

It always takes a certain number of deaths before safety laws are enacted.

SomeNYGuy said...

It always takes a certain number of deaths before safety laws are enacted.

I wonder when the American coal mining industry (and its government enablers) will decide that certain number has been reached.

la peregrina said...

About the same time they decide to stop subsidizing tobacco growers?

gigi said...

the triangle shirtwaist factory fire may be one of my biggest historical obsessions. thanks for the photos.