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J.A.G.: 1917

J.A.G.: 1917

Washington, D.C., 1917. "Junior American Guard drilling." The tall boy is Randall Elliott. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Washington Shopped Here: 1913

Washington Shopped Here: 1913

And Lincoln, too. Interior of the Apolonia Stuntz toy store on New York Avenue, seen from the outside in the previous post. View full size.

 

A. Stuntz: 1913

A. Stuntz: 1913

Washington, D.C., 1913. "Lincoln, Abraham. A. Stuntz." Apolonia Stuntz's "Fancy Store" at 1207 New York Avenue N.W., where Abraham Lincoln is said to have bought toys for his son Tad. A 1919 Washington Post article makes mention of the building's demise sometime the year before; much later, another article describes it as having been razed in 1933 to make room for a parking lot. View full size.

 

Black and White: 1865

Black and White: 1865

March 1865. "City Point, Virginia. Gen. Rufus Ingalls' coach dog." View full size

 

Link to the Past: 1955

Link to the Past: 1955

1955, Larkspur, California. Our neighbor Mr. Cagwin at age 98. Born 1857 in Joliet, Illinois; as an infant came west via sailing vessel from New York and by litter across the Isthmus of Panama; selling newspapers in Hangtown, California, at age of five when the Civil War broke out; worked at Carson City Mint, then San Francisco Mint at the time of the earthquake; retired in 1922. My brother, doing occasional yard work for the Cagwins at the time, took this Ektachrome slide in their Arts & Crafts style home, which they had built after moving to Larkspur in 1905. View full size.

Growing Boys: 1917

Growing Boys: 1917

"Boy Scout farm, 1917." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Rest Is History: 1914

The Rest Is History: 1914

Circa 1914-1918, an inventor and invention that scarcely need introducing to anyone born in the 20th century. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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