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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Shooting the Bull: 1913

Shooting the Bull: 1913

Nov. 3, 1913. "Shooting bull, Central Park." 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size. Headline in the New York Times:

MAN IS SHOT DEAD IN CHASE FOR STEER

Frenzied Animal Tears Down Fifth Avenue,
Police Shooting From Taxicabs.

SEVEN OTHERS SCATTER

Wild Bullet Slays a Watchman -- Waiter Is Wounded --
All the Beeves Caught or Killed.

The steer which caused the excitement in Fifth Avenue was one of eight which escaped from the yards of the New York Stock Company at Sixtieth Street and the North River. In the pursuit another man was wounded, a policeman was trampled on, and a delivery wagon was wrecked. The excitement began about 4 o'clock yesterday morning and did not end until five hours later, when the last steer was shot to death in Central Park. The steer which alarmed Fifth Avenue was one of the wildest of the lot, and it was a police bullet fired at it which went wild and killed George Beattie, night watchman of the building under construction at 24 East 55th Street. ... The steer, bleeding from wounds, turned into Fifty-Fifth Street, followed by a string of revolver-popping automobiles. ... According to stockyard authorities, about 200 short-horn Oregon steers were unloaded yesterday morning, consigned to various butchers in the city ...

 

In the Garden: 1910

In the Garden: 1910

"The Turner garden at Waban, Massachusetts. 1910." View full size. 8x10 dry plate glass negative by Gertrude Käsebier. Gift of Mina Turner, 1964.

 

Dano's Roadhouse: 1938

Dano's Roadhouse: 1938

October 1938. "Roadhouse. Raceland, Louisiana. Girls at Dano's for free Friday night crab boil." View full size. 35mm negative by Russell Lee for the FSA.

 

Hobey Baker: 1913

Hobey Baker: 1913

September 11, 1913. "Hobart Baker, Princeton football captain." Hobey Baker, better known as captain of the Princeton Tigers hockey team, was a World War I Army pilot who was killed when his plane crashed in France shortly after the signing of the Armistice. View full size. G.G. Bain Collection.

 

Watching the Baby: 1939

Watching the Baby: 1939

June 1939. "Girl of migrant family camped near Spiro. Sequoyah County, Oklahoma." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the FSA.

 

Cajun Girls' Night Out: 1938

Cajun Girls' Night Out: 1938

October 1938. "Girls from the Cajun country at Raceland, Louisiana." 35mm negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

A Friendly Game: 1938

A Friendly Game: 1938

September 1938. "Game of coon-can in store near Reserve, Louisiana." 35mm negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
 
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