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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • TAKE A KODAK, c. 1930s

Splashdown: 1904

Splashdown: 1904

Ecorse, Michigan. November 1904. "Steamer Detroit, Michigan Central Transfer. The launch." 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

What a ride!!

Those guys on the starboard rail sure got a heckuva ride!! Definitely a time before lawyers had their hands n everything.

Sir Jethro
of
Raleigh, NC
USA!

Oh No!

Looks like the guy in front with his arms raised just realized that it might actually tip over -- or not.

Telekinetic Prodigy

Unnoticed by the crowd, the young man at bottom center was able to project sufficient telekinetic force to prevent a disastrous flip-over.

Defying the cowering hordes of PC drones

Big boat faw down and go boom!

There!!! Inspired by the poster commenting on the previous photo, I am defying (yes, defying!!) convention and going against the cowardly hive mindset by daring to comment on this photo where no other commentator has trod before (so to speak).

Even the revelation that this could be the 12th post on this photo does not diminish the history being made here. Yea, even the impending discovery that Dave took Memorial Day weekend off and was not able to work up 512 comments for this photo does not tarnish what we have accomplished.

Otherwise, note the rapt attention of the crowd for this. Would they be as focused if this were a movie or theater performance?

 
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