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Fresh Air Outing: 1913

Fresh Air Outing: 1913

Children and adults take a "fresh air outing" on a trolley in June in Brooklyn, New York. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.


No, smiling in photos is more recent

I'll take the serious looks of the past over the fake-assed plastic grins of the present.

Trolley Dodgers

Hey, one of the famous Brooklyn trolleys, from which a contemporaneous professional baseball team got a nickname -- one that they still have today. There's quite the egalitarian story -- and lots of great history -- to Brooklyn, its trolleys, and the Trolley Dodgers team.

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"Just look at the joy on

"Just look at the joy on their faces."

I was thinking that as I looked at the picture wondering why so few of the people in older pictures ever seem happy. They're always to not-happy looking.

Oh, and the people are shorter. Nutrition has come a long way towards getting people taller over the past 100 years hasn't it?

Evidently, height = happiness. How's the air up here? Rarefied.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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