This postcard shows a procession of hobble skirt cars on Broadway in New York City. the following information is from the back of the postcard:
The new surface cars now so numerous on Broadway were first introduced in 1914. The central portion of the cars is built close to the ground and the doors are in the center of the car, the steps being only about 6 inches from the ground.
This postcard was mailed in 1916. It has a picture that was used by more than one postcard publisher. The picture can be dated 1914 from the sign advertising "Too Many Cooks" on the Kaiser Hof Bar/Cafe building on the right. "Too Many Cooks" was a comedy that opened Feb 24, 1914 and closed in September 1914. Below is a review dated February 26, 1914.
Another sign on the building advertises the Shapiro Bernstein Co., an American music publishing company established in 1900 and still in existence.
The hobble skirt cars would have made it easier for women wearing hobble skirts to enter, though by 1914 the hobble skirts had lost their popularity. Hobble skirts, that were narrow around the ankle and made movement difficult, were most popular around 1910-1913. The drawings below are from a 1910 New York Times article that called them "the latest freak in woman's fashions."
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