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King Cotton: 1906

King Cotton: 1906

Mobile, Alabama, circa 1906. "Cotton Exchange." A building with beaucoup bling -- note the crown-topped bale signifying you-know-what. View full size.

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That streetlight!

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The coil of rope hanging on the utility pole is the key.

A Question of Royalty

Ok, being from a far off country where the crown actually represents royalty, I hope it's not too silly to ask what a crown represented in 1906 Mobile Alabama?

[King Cotton. -tterrace]


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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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