City of New York Department of Public Parks. Central Park. Central Park Carriage Service, Organized 1869. [two circulars dated 1883 and 1894]
Pair of New York Central Park advertising circulars promoting the now iconic horse-drawn Central Park Carriage Service. For a fee of 25¢, park visitors were able to board a multi-passenger carriage and tour the park’s many roadways to view fine vistas and visit popular attractions. Among the latter are the Museum of Natural History, Museum of Art, Terrace Bridge, Menagerie, and “the great Croton Reservoirs.”
Visitors were especially directed to view the wondrous obelisk—Cleopatra’s Needle—erected in the park in 1880. Two illustration cuts show a typical carriage and the obelisk.
Two issues of the circular are seen here, from 1883 and 1894. The texts are largely identical, though the latter now suggests a visit to the lake near 59th St. and 5th Avenue park entrance to ride the Velocipede Swan Boats, a popular attraction until 1924.
Description: City of New York Department of Public Parks. Central Park. Central Park Carriage Service, Organized 1869. [two circulars dated 1883 and 1894]
New York: M.J. Roth, Printer and Stationer, . pp. Bifolium. 5½ x 3½ inches. Two illustration cuts. Horizontal fold; small abrasions to first leaf; very good. [sold with a later issue of the same:] New York: John C. Rankin, Jr., . pp. Bifolium. 6¼ x 3¾ inches. Two illustration cuts. Folds; near fine.