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June 27, 1912. Rye, New York. "Wells & Coffey." English heavyweight champion "Bombardier" Billy Wells, left, sparring with Jim Coffey, the Roscommon Giant, to prepare for his fight with Al Palzer. Palzer won by a knockout in the third round. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.
"Linda's third birthday -- 1950." Our second visit with Linda, who despite being only 3 already seems a little jaded. 35mm Kodachrome. View full size.
February 1939. "Ice for sale. Harlingen, Texas." Pointy pick? Check. Telephone? Yes. Cash register? Yew betcha. Ginormous ball of twine? Natch. Big block of you-know-what? Right here. Snazzy socks to seal the deal? Done and done. Looks like we are in the ice business! Photo by Russell Lee. View full size.