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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY TO THE CARIBBEAN BY CLIPPER, c. 1950s

Smoke and Mirrors: 1912

Smoke and Mirrors: 1912

Toledo, Ohio, circa 1912. "White Star steamer Owana leaving for Detroit." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Deceptive reality

That water is so smooth that were I to see this in a scene in an old movie, I'd say, "Meh. Model."

Placid it is then

That's the way my landlubber stomach likes to travel on water. Nice and smooth.

Today

People would protest in horror seeing a ship spewing that black smoke into the atmosphere.

 
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