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San Francisco circa 1923. "Jordan Playboy roadster." A car famous for the ad copy that sold it. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.
Somewhere west of Laramie there's a broncho-busting, steer-roping girl who knows what I'm talking about. She can tell what a sassy pony, that's a cross between greased lightning and the place where it hits, can do with eleven hundred pounds of steel and action when he's going high, wide and handsome. The truth is -- the Playboy was built for her. Built for the lass whose face is brown with the sun when the day is done of revel and romp and race. She loves the cross of the wild and the tame.
There’s a savor of links about that car -- of laughter and lilt and light -- a hint of old loves -- and saddle and quirt. It’s a brawny thing -- yet a graceful thing for the sweep o' of the Avenue. Step into the Playboy when the hour grows dull with things dead and stale. Then start for the land of real living with the spirit of the lass who rides, lean and rangy, into the red horizon of a Wyoming twilight.
December 20, 1909. "Firemen spraying burning building on West 14th Street, New York." 5x7 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.
Three million gallons of water from the high-pressure mains were pumped into a fire that destroyed a large seven-story factory and loft building at 180-188 West Fourteenth Street yesterday morning, and for five hours the fire, which raged until the afternoon, completely cut off traffic on that street. The pavement and sidewalks and many buildings for almost a block were coated with thick mid-Winter ice. Fire and water together provided a spectacle for thousands of Christmas shoppers who crowded both sides of the street.
Although there were no injuries from the fire, it caused damage of $200,000. Workers at the training school of the Salvation Army headquarters, adjoining the building on the east, were routed from their beds. It is not known what started the fire.-- New York Times, 12/21/1909