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"St. John's Church, 16th & H streets N.W." From a series of dozens of National Photo glass negatives showing various Washington landmarks. The Library of Congress has given them a date range of "between 1918 and 1920," though they all seem to be from around 1900. Anyone out there from the LOC? View full size.
September 1911. Winchendon, Massachusetts. "Batiste Joseph. Doffer in Glenallen Mill. Father and mother said he is 12 years old, has been doffing all summer, will go to school. Query: Will he go to school? Another boy, 13 years old in this mill, said, 'I'll stay at work until they come after me.' Older sister and parents illiterate." Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.
In answer to countless requests for photos of 13-year-old boys smoking pipes while driving the automobile ultimately to be called the Toyota, I hereby submit this 35mm Kodacolor negative my brother took in January 1960. Full disclosure: it's my brother's unlit pipe and I'm not driving. I'm in a parked 1960 Crown Custom at Hil Probert's Toyopet dealership in Larkspur, California. That's our house up the hill at the top right. Note the special bonus for fellow Shorpy obsolete car make aficionados. View full size.