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

Toys & Fancy Goods: 1896

Toys & Fancy Goods: 1896

"Elson chemist and Dutton bookshop on Courtenay Place, Wellington, between 1896 and 1897." Glass negative by Frederick James Halse. View full size.

 

Signage

Maybe I am being extra dense today, but the signage seems to violate grammatical parallelism at the very least. And what's with the full stops after each word?

[The use of periods in signs was a common practice of the time. There are numerous examples here on Shorpy. -tterrace]

Lovely wires

The telephone wires and their poles are so neat and orderly. That probably changed for the worse when they got electric power a few years later, at least if the photos of American towns in the 1900s are any guide.

Phone wire junction

I count 13 crossbars on the telephone pole at the right side of the building. One or two more may be out of viewing. Most that I remember seeing in Shorpy pics.

 
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