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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Filling Station: 1907

Filling Station: 1907

Bellows Falls, Vermont, circa 1907. "The Square." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The hydrant

Note the vintage fire hydrant, and the carbon arc lamps over the street.

Hasn't changed all that much

...and how mine works.

I'm always counting flagpoles in the photos. If I ever return to 1900, I plan on being a flagpole salesman.

Early Esso

Nothing like a centrally located refueling station.

For More Than Horses

I'm waiting for the next Stanley Steam Car to stop by for a fill-up.
That was an event in those days!

I.O.O.F.

Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) building is on the left.

When I was a young boy, my friends and I had several discussions about what type of person was a member of "that" club.

Windows on the Past

As a young lad in Scranton in the early 1950s, my first job was helping my Uncle Hank put up awnings. It was tough work of lifting and climbing. I tend to notice first in Shorpy's pictures the awnings. These seem to have stripes and probably colorful ones. No particular statement here, just showing how my mind works!

 
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