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"J.F. Campbell, Anacostia, decorated with American flags." Circa 1918, another patriotically attired hardware store in Washington's Anacostia neighborhood. Check out the Mad Hatter. National Photo glass negative. View full size.
"Nichols Avenue and U Street S.E." Storefronts in Washington's Anacostia section put on a patriotic display circa 1918. The hardware store on the corner, at 1919, was run by one William Ira Mushake. Nat'l. Photo glass negative. View full size.
The Belle Isle Park Aquarium in Detroit circa 1905. Its cavernous spaces and glass viewports afforded aquatic life a fascinating peek at the bipedal terrestrial creatures known as homo sapiens. Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.
The Minneapolis Public Library circa 1900-1906. This 1884 Romanesque Revival building, designed by Long and Kees, was razed in the 1950s and is now a parking lot. Detroit Publishing Company glass negative. View full size.
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