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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY TO THE CARIBBEAN BY CLIPPER, c. 1950s

Chillin' Under the El: 1913

Chillin' Under the El: 1913

New York City, July 31, 1913. "Children at Play." 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Ack!

Maybe this is just the 21st century in me speaking, but -- Ew! Ew! Ew! Get out of there! No!

Same as it ever was

Now kids open fire hydrants and do a similar thing. The NYC fire department now fits the fire hydrants with special caps that sprinkle water rather than a whole stream which would waste far more water. nowadays I ride by on my bike on the hottest days of summer and can't resist going under the water sprinkles.

Paco matematicamente es posible que alguno este vivo.. intrigante!

Spring water

Mmm, clean pure street water!

Yippee!

Those are some seriously cute and joyous kids!

Sobrevivientes

Vivirá alguno de ellos, sería posible encontrarlo...
Se les ve llenos de vitalidad.
Hemosa foto.
Gracias Shorpy.

An El in New York?

Isn't that a Chicago term?

[You've never heard of the Third Avenue El? - Dave]

The guy in the back

looks like a texting hipster

and the little lame balloonman

whistles far and wee

100 Years Young

These are the cutest 100 year olds I have ever seen!

Splash.

My favorite part is the little footprints in and out of the puddle.

eddieandbill

Oh the joy when the world suddenly becomes "puddle-wonderful."

 
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