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April 3, 1929. "Main Street a la Cart." The Burn Ballad Bungalow on G Street in Washington, D.C. (I just know there's someone out there who can rescue these people from obscurity, regardless of how much they may have deserved it. Who were they?) 4x5 glass negative, National Photo Co. Collection. View full size. [Thanks to Shorpy reader Janet we have the answer: These are the wandering writers June and Farrar Burn and their sons North and South.]
November 1911. Before Halloween came into its own as a holiday in this country, there was "Thanksgiving masking," where kids would dress up and go door to door for apples, or maybe "scramble for pennies." View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. Links: Yahoo Xtra | Encyclopedia.com