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New York, November 1911. "Scramble for pennies -- Thanksgiving." Before Halloween came into its own as a holiday in this country, there was "Thanksgiving masking," where kids would dress up and go door to door for apples, or "scramble for pennies." George Grantham Bain Collection glass negative. View full size.
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.