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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Back in the Day-O

Back in the Day-O

Circa 1903. "Unloading bananas at New Orleans." Final installment of a thrilling trilogy we've watched unfold here over the past three years. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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United Fruit Company

The stack of the vessel indicates she was owned by United Fruit Company, which ceased to exist in 1970.


Wow. Lots of people at work.

Wonder what they guy in the striped suit by the door to the reefer is doing. Seems he's holding onto a string attached to a device. Perhaps he's counting the bunches of bananas being loaded?

If you look carefully at the extreme left of the image, you can see what looks like the arm (crooked at the same angle - do they teach that?) of another man in a striped suit possibly doing the same thing on another reefer.

Two foot, three foot, four foot BUNCH!

These look kinda puny, compared to Belafonte's.

Daylight Come

Happily, not one "highly deadly black tarant'la" to be seen.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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