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Bamananas: 1906

Bamananas: 1906

Mobile, Alabama, circa 1906. "Unloading a banana steamer." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Banana ballistics

There's something on the port-side bow that looks a lot like an old cannon. It's poking out under the railing and has an ornate carriage. What would that be for? Signaling purposes or decoration, or were there banana pirates abounding in the seas? You can see the anchor lying on deck just behind the cannon.

Hey Buddy!

Me: You gotta banana in your ear! Hey Buddy! HEY BUDDY!
You: I can't hear you. Can't you see I gotta banana in my ear?

Anyone know why the tower is built like that? Doesn't seem like an efficient way to load or off-load tall ships. Looks like a safety ladder on the right (front) side.


Day, me say day-ay-ay-o
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Day, me say day, me say day, me say day...
Daylight come and me wan' go home

A beautiful bunch a' ripe banana
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Hide the deadly black tarantula
Daylight come and me wan' go home

Nice title

and by "nice" I mean "required several attempts before I got it, and then I laughed."

About 50 years later

I saw the same scene in New Orleans in 1955. All fruit turning yellow was abandoned at the dock.

(Fire) ants marching

Mobile is where fire ants entered America, unfortunately. Riding in on some banana stalks, circa the time this picture was taken. Evil little devils.

Is that a Banana ...

Oh wait, I already used that one.

Big Tint

The leaning tower of Sherwin-Williams! Wonder if you can get banana yellow.

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