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Mike the Ex-Junk Yard Dog: 1930

Mike the Ex-Junk Yard Dog: 1930

This is Mike, one of many so-named dogs owned by my Great-Grandparents, out back of their house in Iola, Kansas, sometime around 1930.

Mike was some sort of bull terrier breed who my great grandfather bought from a junk yard man named "Sting-Eye" Allnut for the sum of fifty cents. The dog poses next to a pump which drew rain water from a cistern; I'm told my great-grandmother, who had beautiful blond hair, preferred to wash her hair in the rain water because it was much softer than the well water which came out of the indoor plumbing. View full size.

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SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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