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New York, August 1915. "Express track, Ninth Avenue 'L.'" I was about to pass up this photo of the Ninth Avenue elevated line as being too damaged, then saw the giant bandaged kitty advertising Katzen ("Not a Dope -- Quiets the Nerves") and changed my mind. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain. View full size.
"Express Strike, New York City." In 1910, wagon drivers for Adams Express, American Express, Wells Fargo and other delivery companies went on strike, leading to riots and rock-throwing when the strike-breakers were called in. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.