This vintage photograph from 1903 depicts children playing in the New York City streets next to a dead horse, capturing an even less sanitary New York City.
McDermott-Bunger Dairy Co. is painted on the building in the center of the photograph. As of 1903, this dairy company was located at 527 West 125th Street. There are 10 kids, all but one seem to be barefoot, playing in the street gutter and around puddles of raw sewage, all within in a few feet of a dead horse. They seem completely unbothered and disinterested in it’s existence. They don’t even seem slightly out-of-sorts, caught up in the moment of play and Joseph Byron’s lense.
Here’s a Google Street View of approximately the same spot today.