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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • LAKE GARDA, ITALY

Ye Olde Gasolene Shoppe: 1908

Ye Olde Gasolene Shoppe: 1908

Circa 1908. "Littleton, New Hampshire -- Main Street." Our third look at this bustling burg. Note the sign advertising AUTOMOBILE GASOLENE. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Not So Hinky Guys

One of the men is carrying his tool of ignorance glove (aka catcher's mitt) and the other man, possibly his battery mate, could easily stick his glove in his back pocket while heading to the park to play a kegger ball game.

After that they might have gotten hinky.

Restrained droppings

Those are dainty road apples despite their number. Perhaps the shopping ladies’ horses in New Hampshire lunched on petit fours and macaroons?

Watch your step

Cars using "gasolene" may be the next new thing, but a glance at the roadway is clear evidence that horses are still very much in use. And I'm not talking about hoofprints.

Baseball players or hoods?

Wonder what the two lads on the right are up to? Heading for for baseball practice or a shakedown? They look kind of hinky to me.

Still there

Unfortunately most of the Main Street view is blocked by glare from the sun but you can at least see the building in the background.


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Wrapped power pole

I assume the wire rope wrapped around the pole is to keep the horses from eating it.

 
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