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Detroit circa 1910. "Monroe Avenue and City Hall." Points of interest include, starting from the left, Pittsburg Dairy Lunch, Considine's (serving Budweiser Imported Pilsner Beer), McNamara Sign Co. (SIGNS, ELECTRIC SIGNS), the Detroit Billiard & Pool Room, McGough's Restaurant (Boiled Dinners 25¢; "We Draw the Best Glass of Beer in the City"), Gies's Restaurant, Sweeney's Billiards, the Hotel Fowler, the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, the Hammond Building (and, rising behind it, the Ford Building), a "moonlight tower" arc lamp stanchion, and the bunting-bedecked City Hall. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.
Washington, D.C., 1924. "Charlie Becker, midget trainer with Singer's Midgets, walked the smallest elephant of his troupe to Merchant's Bank, and made a deposit for Keith's Theatre. The elephant delivered the money satchel directly to the receiving teller." This was of course a less enlightened era, decades before the advent of cage-free tellers and free-range banking. View full size.
November 1942. Lititz, Pennsylvania. "Scrap collection drive. Each household placed its contribution on the sidewalk. It was then picked up by local trucks whose owners had volunteered their services for civilian defense. The scrap outside a plumber's house consists of pipes." (Kids not included.) Medium format negative by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.