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An Aerial Honeymoon: 1914

An Aerial Honeymoon: 1914

"Funniest show in the world - the huge pantomimic musical comedy. An Aerial Honeymoon invented and patented by John F. Byrne. A compartment for two. Passengers making it lively for the old bridegroom on his wedding trip." The boisterous comedy "An Aerial Honeymoon," which began its run in 1914, was produced by the pantomime brothers John, James, Matthew and Andrew Byrne. Color lithograph. View full size.

Evelyn: c. 1909

Evelyn: c. 1909

Evelyn, a maid, seated in a New York kitchen with a basket on her lap. Photographed by Jessie Tarbox Beals, c. 1909. View full size.

 

Broadcast: 1943

Broadcast: 1943

Father Smith broadcasting a news release in Spanish from his parish house broadcasting station in Questa, New Mexico. Photograph by John Collier, 1943. View full size.

 

Marie Delna

Marie Delna

French opera singer Marie Delna (1875-1932). Photo from the George Grantham Bain collection. No date recorded. View full size.

 

Prendergast Wedding

Prendergast Wedding

The wedding of Miss Speed to Major Prendergast. Photograph by Matson Photo Service, 1940-1946. View full size.

 

Col. Maduro Cigars: 1908

Col.  Maduro Cigars: 1908

August 1908. Col. Maduro cigar factory in Indianapolis, Indiana. View full size. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. Note Celery Cola cap worn by boy on the right.

 

Shano Collins: 1920

Shano Collins: 1920

John "Shano" Collins, first baseman for the Chicago White Sox, at bat in 1920. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 
 
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