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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • AUSTRALIA: GREAT BARRIER CORAL REEF

Bustling Springfield: 1908

Bustling Springfield: 1908

Springfield, Mass., circa 1908. "Railroad arch on Main Street." Seen here a couple months ago from another vantage. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Who Knew?

Looks like that gum machine would be worth about 2,300,000 pennies at auction:

http://www.icollector.com/Huylers-Chocolate-St-Nicholas-Candy-Vendor_i78...

Nice to see it is still there

The railroad arch adds a touch of class to the modern scene.


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Looking Down

I imagine you'd be amazed to know that 105 years in the future someone who would never know you would wonder just what you were thinking about as you walked along with your head down. Was it something happy, profound, sad, or were you just keeping an eye out for an uneven sidewalk?

Chocolate and Pepsin Gum

I wonder if both chocolate and pepsin gum were dispensed from the same machine.

Gum, by gum!

"Deposit 1 cent and press the plunger"!

Fugitive

The guy in the white hat (on the right-hand sidewalk) in front of Schreiber's looks too concerned about not having his face seen. "Papers please."

 
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