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Where & When: Game 25

Hello again, welcome back to the Monday edition of Where & When.  The hot stove is burning up everything in sight, which is a good thing because it’s getting harder to find challenges (as I always say); but I think I have a pretty good one for you this time.  I’ve been telling a few people I know about the game and how the regulars keep coming up with the answers in good time, so keep up the good work and before you know it, we might be the next coming of Hollywood Squares (if we aren’t already, who knows? >;)

So let’s take a look yonder and take a good look at this photo:

Where & When Game 25

I’m almost afraid to say anything about this photo so I don’t give anything away.  But to be fair, I will give you a decent clue: that cowboy is actually working, and his work is rather important.  Doing what you ask? Hmm… so the Naked Cowboy was not the first one to have a regular job up here, go figure.

So, get the location and the year correct and you get the prize: a cold chalice of  J.C. Gray, and the rest of us can sip on a tumbler of Barrel Brothers.  You should know how this works by now; leave your answer and your process of finding the answer in the comments section, and for kicks you can share some trivia with the rest of us. For a bonus, you can figure out the nickname the thorough-way in the photo had at the time and why.  If the game should be overshadowed by more baseball news, not to worry; it’s good to have activity in the Banter and we’ll be here for a while.  Have fun and I’ll try to get back to you in the late afternoon or evening.  >;)


1 RIYank   ~  Dec 9, 2013 9:17 am

Very cool.
I have everything except the year. I know the decade, but I guess I might have to find this actual photo online to get the exact year...

2 RIYank   ~  Dec 9, 2013 9:25 am

This is a train running down 10th Avenue, which was actually called 'Death Avenue' because the line was so dangerous, even though by law the train could only run at 6mph there.
The cowboy has the job of riding in front of the train to try to help avoid horrible accidents.

Googling "train cowboy new york city" got the story.

I'll go with 1930, relying on this site.

3 rbj   ~  Dec 9, 2013 9:36 am

Ringling Brothers circus?

4 TheGreenMan   ~  Dec 9, 2013 10:45 am

Awesome photo. Had no idea freight trains ran down 10th Avenue like that back in the day. Death Avenue is right. Crazy...

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