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Vintage photos of:
Portland, Maine, circa 1904. "Middle Street." Much signage for various goods and services including Taxidermy, Trunks & Bags and "The Ezy Blind Worker." Something to do with window shades, maybe, or a kind of libertine Helen Keller. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.