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New York circa 1915. "Police tuba players." Shorpy is being beamed to you this week from on the road. (So far today from two WiFi enabled McDonald's parking lots along I-95. Posts and updates may be even more erratic than usual!) 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.