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Horseketball: 1908

Horseketball: 1908

Basketball on the tanbark at Durland's Riding Academy, New York. 1908. Evidently it's traveling if you let go of the reins. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection. Check out how this pic looked before restoration.

 

Fire at Durland's

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IMDB lists a 3 minute movie "The Burning of Durland's Riding Academy" in the Edison catalog of the fire that occurred at Durland's Riding Academy, at Sixtieth Street and Eighth Avenue in 1902; The Durland fire (filmed by E. Porter) occurred on Manhattan's west side, but was later retitled Firemen Fighting the Flames at Paterson only because it was a more famous fire.
(thanx to Paghat the Ratgirl)

On the Tanbark

traveling! that's a good one. i blew coffee all over my monitor and keyboard. but it's okay. i think it's good for them.

"...tied to the rack of pedestrian endeavor..."

White horse to black horse

White horse to black horse: "Psst. These people are IDIOTS!"

 
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