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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.

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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!


Those are some seriously cute and joyous kids!


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!


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


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

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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