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The Winning Team: 1908

The Winning Team: 1908

Borden team, winner of the obstacle test in the Work Horse Parade on Union Square. June 13, 1908. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.


H. S. Tavshanjian...

I know this was posted once upon a time, but I was curiously looking up some of the names in the shop windows and found a very curious and tragic story about the rug importer in the upper left-hand corner:

Grandpa (mad4books)

Looks like he just got finished a hard days work, cool picture

My grandpa...

...was a Mistletoe & Borden milkman in Texas before & during the Depression. No horse team then, although he probably would have liked that better...

Picture of him in 1927 with his Model T Mistletoe truck can be found at:

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