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  Jessie Tarbox Beals - The Village Art Gallery, 7 Sheridan Square, Greenwich Village, New York City; plus The Ink Spot and the Pirate's Cave.

The introduction to Jessie Tarbox Beal's entry from Wikipedia.

"Jessie Tarbox Beals (December 23, 1870 -May 30, 1942) was an American photographer, the first published female photojournalist in the United States and the first female night photographer.

She is best known for her freelance news photographs, particularly of the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, and portraits of places such as Bohemian Greenwich Village. "

"Jane and Howard (i.e. the horses) on their Bi-Daily Perambulatory Passage, Pausing Patiently before the Celebrated Marts of Giftery. The Village Art Gallery and The Treasure Box in Sheridan Square, Greenwich Village, New York."

Jessie in front of The Village Art Gallery.

"The Village Art Gallery Jessie Tarbox Beals Prop.(i.e. proprieter)

Jessie (left) and the owner of The Treasure Box (right) in front of their shops. (Museum of the City of NY)

The Crumpier (#6+1/2; predates Jessie's Village Art Gallery) and The Treasure Box. (#7) (both Sheridan Square)

Inside the Treasure Box.

The caption reads: "Oh Ho, Let's go to the Treasure Box at 7 Sheridan Square. We'll surely find a mine of gifts, quaint and rich and rare - Mandarin coats and Persian scarves - odd rings and China new - which Teddy Peck and Benjamin will gladly show to you. So Ye Ho for the Treasure Box with Pirates* in full view. JTB. (* meaning the Pirate Club is across Sheridan Square).

Jessie with Friends in front of the store. (1920's) (Click to enlarge)

This is where Jessie's shop was on the block, which was the south side of Sheridan Square, an extension of West 4th Street. There were six building on that side of Sheridan Square. The space where her store was would later be part of a bank building, combined with the building on the right.

These were the 4 buildings the other end of the block. (#'s 3, 4, 5, and 6 from left to right) You can see Jessie's one-story building on the right.

The buildings on the left would later become these businesses. (photo by Fred W. McDarrah)

Here's another view. (photo by Fred W. McDarrah)

So, if you stood in the middle of Sheridan Square and looked at the block, the buildings would line up like this: (from the 1916 Sanborn Map/NYPL)

The bank on the corner would later replace Jessie's store and the prior 3-story building on the corner. (photo: Museum of the City of NY)

Here's a photo taken by Jessie showing somewhat the same view. In this case, you can just make out her one story shop below the white wall of the building next door to her, on the right side of this photo.

This is a close up from a previous picture that will go with the following pictures. It show's Jessie's one-story building on there right.

In this photo, I'm attaching Jessie's building, and also the one after it.

You can see the buildings off to the left of this photo. By this time Jessie's building and the other one behind it has been replaced by the bank. Notice also the tall building on the right. The next photo is of that building, Number 10 Sheridan Square, being built.

Here is that tall building being built. That building now has the Monster bar in it.

Here's another view of it (10 Sheridan Square) nearing completion..

This is another view of a Bromley map of Sheridan Square from 1916. You can see it has Jessie's one story building mid-block, below the number "7." Compare it to the 1955 map which come after it.

This is the 1955 map of the same location. Notice Jessie's building is now part of the bank, which is labeled (lot) #22. Sometime after 1955 the four other buildings on that side of Sheridan Square were replaced by a large apartment building. Now there is a supermarket in the bottom of that building.

Here's a picture of the south side of Sheridan Square today, with the large apartment house on the left. . .

. . . .and here it is where Jessie's store would have been.

Another famous picture associated with Jessie Tarbox Beals is one she took of a shop on the other side of Sheridan Square called "The Pirate's Cave." It was a pirate-theme nightclub run by a man named Don Dickerson, here in full regalia. (I mentioned this store earlier in a caption to a photo Beals tok of two men in the "Treasure Box." The last line of the caption said they could look across and see the pirates.)

Here's a shot of the inside of The Pirate's Cave. (via Museum of he City of New York.)

The caption reads: "In a deep dark den the Pirates dwell / They hatch their schemes and plans so well / You will have to search to find their liar / All hidden down in Sheridan Square."

Here's another shot of the outside from further back and another angle. (Library of Congress)

Later, the store on top would become "The Ink Pot." It was run by Peter Newton and Forest Mann, the gentlemen in the picture from around 1917. (Library of Congress)

Here it is from another angle. The man is looking into a neighboring store called "The Will o' the Wisp Tea Room." The view in the picture is east down Washington Place. At the far end would be Sixth Avenue. (MCNY)

Amanda Davis, who writes entries for the "On the Grid" page of the Greenwich Village Historical Preservation Society (GVHPS) website, located the building The Pirate's Cave and The Ink Pot were in for one of her entries.

It was across Sheridan Square in a small triangular building at 133 Washington Place. The arrow points to the building on the 1916 Bromley map from her article found in the "On the Grid" section of their website.

Here is where the Ink Pot would have been, with the Pirate's Cave in the basement level, possibly at the same time. The building in back is 15 Sheridan Square.

This is a shot of the Ink Spot building taken on June 20, 1920. It looks like the Pirate's Den in the basement had turned into the Sheridan Square Theater by then. (A big "thank you" to Ellen Williams of the Facebook Group "The Greenwich Village Grapevine" for sending in the photo.) (click the photo to ENLARGE IT)

Here it is from another angle. We are looking east down Washington Place.


Jessie Tarbox Beals in Buffalo, circa 1904.

The location of that photo.

More information on that photo, showing the Buffalo Morning Express newspaper for which she took photos. (click to ENLARGE)

A PopSpot of Beals at the 1904 World's Fair.

A photo she took of Greenwich Village's Patchin Place in 1910.

An out-of-print (1978) book of N.T.B. - "Notorious (Jessie) Tarbox Beals" (to her fans)