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Vintage photos of:
New York City detective Mary Agnes Shanley pulls a pistol out of her handbag. Shanley shows what awaits a pickpocket. She had more than a thousand career arrests. From the New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection, 1937. View full size.
"Funniest show in the world - the huge pantomimic musical comedy. An Aerial Honeymoon invented and patented by John F. Byrne. A compartment for two. Passengers making it lively for the old bridegroom on his wedding trip." The boisterous comedy "An Aerial Honeymoon," which began its run in 1914, was produced by the pantomime brothers John, James, Matthew and Andrew Byrne. Color lithograph. View full size.