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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Fine Groceries: 1905

Fine Groceries: 1905

New York circa 1905. "Exterior of tenement house, E. 40th Street." Our fifth look at this building. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

A Worrisome Thought

I imagine we will never know if our heroine was able to connect with her new beau.

Although she is an attractive young lady so I'm sure things worked out for her and some viewer of Shorpy might be looking at their great grandmother.

Tea Time

I'm surprised no one has made comment of the young lady standing alone on the street. Just above her though, through a partially openend window, appears to be two or three ladies enjoying high tea or something of the sort. Looks like one is reaching for a salt or pepper shaker. Shorpy provides a portal into the past to view moments enjoyed over 100 years ago! Amazing when one thinks about it.

Seasick?

That wavy cobblestone street could pass for the ocean on a windy day. Must have been a very bumpy ride.

Quandary

Now where the devil did I leave the Ford?

Woman by door:

"Oh dear! Google Maps seems to have led me astray. I was only look for medium-quality groceries. Whatever shall I do?"

Brick lintels

I have NEVER seen brick lintels arranged in such a decorative fashion before. For such a plain building there's a lot going on in the brickwork.

Look carefully at the sidewalk and streets.

Totally immaculate. In fact, you can eat off of them.

Please do not sit

on the railings or abutment.

He's in big trouble

He was supposed to pick her up a half hour ago after her shift at the deli but he's down at the pool hall and time just got away from him, you know how it is. She hopes he's not dead so she can kill him herself when he finally pulls up.

Think

The young lady look's deep in thought. I wonder what she's thinking about? "Maybe I should have brought my umbrella."

 
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