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Circa 1930s. "Kewpee Hotels hamburger stand." This early fast-food chain ("Hamburg / Pickle on top / Makes your heart / Go flippity-flop") got its start in Michigan in the 1920s. Location and photographer unknown. View full size.
June 1934. "Nebraska State Capitol at Lincoln. House chamber." Note the electro-mechanical tally board, and voting controls decorated with medallions of Abraham Lincoln. Large-format negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.
1906. "Boston, Massachusetts. School Street and Parker House." Home of the eponymous buttery roll. Much interesting signage in evidence, including two giant SIGNS signs. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.
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