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Death's Doorman: 1919

Death's Doorman: 1919

Somewhere in San Francisco circa 1919. "Woman alighting from Marmon limousine." At first this would seem to be all about the car, until we notice the pedestrian with the influenza face mask, and sign advertising what seems to be an appearance by the actress Aurora Mardiganian in connection with ARMENIAN MASSACRES. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

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It's the Hastings Building

At Grant & Post, designed by Meyer & O'Brian and built in 1908. Still there. The woman is most likely heading in to Shreve & Co. - also still at that location.

Another Masker

There are at least two more people wearing masks: one man next to the "zombie woman" and another can be seen thru the window behind the driver in the foreground car. Altogether, it's a gorgeous but surreal and a little creepy photo.

Class Immunity

Genocide and pandemics can little affect those who are conveyed in a Marmon.

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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