Carman house spring, W. 175th Street in Highbridge Park, New York City, July 6, 1898.

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245 10|aCarman house spring, W. 175th Street in Highbridge Park, New York City, July 6, 1898
260 |g1898
300 |a5 in. x 7 in.
500 |aJames Reuel Smith was born in 1852 in Skaneateles, New York. After the early death of his mother, his father having remarried, Smith went to live in the household of a cousin. In 1882 Smith married Elizabeth Thompson; they had no children. Family money enabled Smith to actively pursue his hobby of photographing and investigating springs and wells. This interest led him to travel around Europe, looking for springs and wells mentioned in literature. In 1922, he published Springs and Wells in Greek and Roman Literature, Their Legends and Locations. Smith's interest was also local: He spent much of the years 1897 to 1901 bicycling around northern Manhattan and the Bronx looking for and photographing springs and wells. Smith's enthusiasm for springs and wells was well-matched with his photographic eye and his meticulous note-taking on the locations and conditions of the springs and wells he saw. James Reuel Smith died in 1935.
500 |aNew-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024, 212-873-3400
540 |aThis digital image may be used for educational or scholarly purposes without restriction. Commercial and other uses of the item are prohibited without prior written permission from the New-York Historical Society. For more information, please visit the New-York Historical Society's Rights and Reproductions Department web page at
650 1 |aSprings--New York (State)--New York--Photographs
650 1 |aWater, Underground--New York (State)--New York--Photographs
650 1 |aWells--New York (State)--New York--Photographs
650 1 |aWashington Heights--New York (N.Y.)--Photographs
650 1 |aManhattan (New York, N.Y.)--Photographs
650 1 |aNew York (N.Y.)--Photographs
655 7|aPhotographic prints
700 1 |aSmith, James Reuel, 1852-1935|eCreator
773 0 |tJames Reuel Smith Springs and Wells Photograph Collection, 1893-1902|iCollection
773 0 |iCollection