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Salem, Massachusetts, circa 1910. "Nathaniel Hawthorne house." Abode of the author of 19th-century blockbusters The Scarlet Letter and House of the Seven Gables, last seen here. Note the glass insulators in the tree being used as a utility pole. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.