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Supertramp: 1915

Supertramp: 1915

"Untitled circa 1910-1917." Who is this boho hobo -- a tramp with a literary bent who did well in track and field? We do know that he's standing outside Bryan's Lunch Room (George F. Bryan, proprietor) at 101 B Street S.E. in Washington. Something else we know: Bryan's had a duckpin bowling team in the Capitol Hill league. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Welcome back Kotter

Gabe Kaplan 1970? Just before he made it big.


My 15 minutes of Fark.

Pride in one's self

What this picture shows us is absolute class. Something even a fancy new pair of shoes won't buy ya.

Eb W.

Ebenezer Wahlberg, Mark's great grand-pappy.

Looks Like ...

Kurt Russell in "Tombstone."

This we know

He purchased his clothes by the pound and collected medals, of which he was very proud.

Cap Hill location

If I'm not mistaken, this would be about where the Madison Building of the Library of Congress now stands (opened 1980), on what is now known as Independence Avenue.

On the Road

John Kerouac, Sr.

Excellent One!

...from Mr. Zimmerman.

Dire Straits

We can tell this poor soul has seen better days, and so has the sole of his left shoe. I hope his life improved.

Just chillin

Here we see an early example of what we today call "indie," or in real world terms, "poor but telling the world to flicker off." Prominent indie historians cite this photo to be one of the earliest uses of pack buttons in a prominent fashion. Note the stylish mustache, proving that trends are indeed cyclical, as the above lip display comes in and out of fashion every few years of late. The sweater is a wonderful example of early grandpaism, where hand-me-downs become central items in one's wardrobe. However, the ill-fitting and wrinkled pants do not fit convention, being too baggy for ironic office attire, and too tight to be "I didn't change out of my pajamas." Indie historians urge the outside community to take part in the search for the identity of this true pioneer of fashion and lifestyle.

First pictured use of Flair

What you see here is the first example of a store cashier being forced to "wear flair." Since he has more than 13 pieces, he will be fine.


Reminds me a lot of Liam Neeson. Distant cousin maybe?

Mystery Tramp or Napoleon in Rags?

I'll bet once upon a time he dressed so fine and threw the bums a dime in his prime...

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