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Broad Channel: 1915

Broad Channel: 1915

"Dinner at Broad Channel." Summer cottage in the Jamaica Bay, Queens, island community circa 1915. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

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Nostalgia is as nostalgia does..

My family was into low level antiques dealing as long as I can remember. Consequently, we wound up with a great many very old style tools and implements around the house. I wasn't due to be born for another 32 years, yet I can recall every bit of crockery and utensil in that room. I even still have a few of them that, while I don't actually use them, I cannot bring myself to discard such utilitarian and durable items, such as a 100 year old cast iron 12 inch pan.

Broad Channel

A modern view of Broad Channel - not much has changed, evidently.

Encroaching hand

You can see the hand of the photographer (or his assistant) holding something in the upper right-hand corner. I can't make out what it is, but I think it's filtering or blocking some of the light coming into the room. (Or maybe it's a mirror reflecting light from the window onto the woman.)

How big were these cottages?

How big were these cottages? Are they like the very tiny British ones? Interesting that in the open window reflection and also to the right, you see the photographer and/or assistant's hand in the shot.

[These bungalows were on stilts over the water. - Dave]

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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