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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Ernest Crice, Hustling Newsboy: 1909

Ernest Crice, Hustling Newsboy: 1909

New York circa 1909. "Broadway -- Saranac Lake, Adirondack Mountains." Revisiting the scene glimpsed earlier here, with the addition of a shy pedestrian. Note the sly signage of "Ernest Crice, hustling newsboy," who cheekily gives his address as "Flatiron Building." 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Lady in White

I am going to posit that she is shading her face from the sun using papers she is carrying, in order to keep her lily white complexion. I am pretty sure that having a tan was not that desirable back then. I live in Thailand, and women here will always lift up a notebook or something to shade their face when in direct sunlight in order to avoid exposure.

Earlier picture is the later view

The man wearing a dark shirt and light-colored suspenders on the wagon at right and the young man, likely his son, are both on the wagon and proceeding up Broadway in the earlier shot.

A day in town

Lets have a medicinal ice cream while waiting for our furs to be dressed at the Taxidermist.

and in 2011

Google street view:

Drainage

Well now I'm going to have to do research (unless some kind soul can impart the info and/or spill the beans, whatever, it's the holiday season). But I digress. Did they really have storm sewers in the times before hardtop paving? We have lots of dirt roads around here and none have sewers. Then again neither do the paved roads. Oh well. OK, off to research history of storm sewers.

Steel Truss

What's under that steel truss bridge -- railway or canal? I'm sure it's not the interstate.

[The Saranac River. -Dave]

Rx

Looks like Bradford and Flint serves medicinal ice cream served in a mortar and pestle.

Free dog!

I think he's charging a one treat toll to cross that bridge.

No Autos

by 1909 we see a preponderance of motor cars in the shots of cities (see next photo of Philadelphia). None to be seen in this small village.

Where do I get one of those Ingersole Dollar watches?

Whoever said the Streets were paved with gold

was very wrong. These seem to be pure mud. Yuck.

Lady in white

The lady on the right's white dress is all the more startlingly white compared to the typical mud streets she had to traverse. But what the heck is she holding in her hand? It looks vaguely like a candle, but that wouldn't make much sense.

And I love the Taxidermist, right on the main street! Now that's convenience.

This would be a nice picture to see colorized, esp. with the trees in the background.

Castle?

What is that building in the background with the castle like feature near the top?

[It's identified in a comment for the earlier photo linked in the caption.]

Mmmmm. I smell M&Ms.

Mud and Manure.

 
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