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Corner Pocket: 1918

Corner Pocket: 1918

June 22, 1918, in or near New York City. "Miss May Schloss at canteen." 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

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Nate Jr. and Milton

Were the sons of Nate Salsbury, owner and manager of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. In a matter of minutes I found a photo of Nate Jr and Milton as infants and other photos of their Dad with the stars of the Wild West Show. (Gotta love the Internet!)

New York Times, May 10, 1924, pg 21: "Dissolution Notice": "The co-partnership of Freedman-Salsbury Co., composed of Benjamin H Freedman and Milton S. Salsbury, and also doing business as the Herkules Saw Sales Co. of America with address at 233 Broadway, New York City, has been dissolved." - Milton S Salsbury (Milton Salsbury was the son of Buffalo Bills manager Nathan "Nate" Salsbury.)

Another interesting note -- This Benjamin Freedman tried to blackmail Woodrow Wilson.

Who knew a kooky photo of people playing pool would yield
so much?


Is that thumb legal?

Mrs. Salsbury

From the New York Times, July 27, 1919:

"Miss May Schloss, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry W. Schloss of 156 West Seventy-fifth Street, who has been prominent in war camp community work in New York, will be married to Nate Salsbury of Chicago on Aug. 2, at the home of her parents, the Rev. Dr. Mussey of the Ethical Culture Society to officiate. Mrs. William H. Schloss, a sister-in-law of the bride-elect, is to be her only attendant. Captain Milton Salsbury is to act as best man for his brother. Mr. Salsbury is connected with Marshall Field in Chicago, where the couple are to reside."

Chalk Talk

Say, anyone have a clue what's the last word above those cartoon military guys..."Before the Black S...."? Must have something with the 10 days bread and water, but I couldn't figure it out.

["Before the black slave" (there was the infantry). - Dave]

Navy has better tailors.

Navy was better dressed than Army in 1918, too. Some things are constant through the ages.

The Original Gump

That would be a rendering of Andy Gump on the blackboard.

She's played the game before

Her left-hand's held in a pretty good bridge, she's down over her cue. I'd say she knows what she's doing. They're obviously not playing eight-ball. Could be some form of rotation since only the high balls are left on the table, or maybe straight pool.

The Hustleress

"I'm really not very good... my brothers tried to teach me... I just knock the balls around most of the time... Oh, a bet? You mean for money? Oh I don't think so... well, I guess we could..."

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