While The Knick is a work of fiction, it is based on exhaustive historical research. Below, the show’s writers share some of the true facts of the era that are depicted in this episode
Lucy’s riding the relatively modern “safety bicycle” with two equal-sized wheels – as opposed to the old penny farthing.
Many of the original surgeons in America were barbers, especially during the Civil War. They already had knives and sharpeners.
Eleanor is using the newly invented Kodak Brownie camera – a revolutionary technology that let amateurs take their own pictures.
The Haymarket Dance Hall was the most notorious in The Tenderloin until it closed in 1911.
Cleary is reading from an actual New York Times article describing a night of boxing matches