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Out for Delivery: 1912

Out for Delivery: 1912

A gray 1912 day in Washington, D.C. "Woodward & Lothrop department store trucks." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.



Yes, it means "ever upward" and is the motto of New York State. It is also the name of all the "wood wool" or wood shavings which were used before little vinyl airbags and styrofoam were the choices for packing material. Not only was it a fire hazard, but heavier and more costly than today's packing filler. They still do use it though not too often and most people recycled it, as they did with the baskets instead of cardboard boxes. Very industrious people pictured here but inventory control must have been a mess.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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